Fairbanks businesses provide free lunch for low-income kids on extended spring break

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) In the wake of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District extending their spring break through March 20th, 2020 due to coronavirus concerns, local businesses here in the Fairbanks community are stepping up to fill the void left for low income children who may rely on school lunches. So far The Hungry Robot, Food Factory, and Salty’s on 2nd have offered up options along with the Salvation Army.

In the wake of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District extending their spring break through March 20th, 2020, local businesses here in the Fairbanks community are stepping up to fill the void left for low income children who may rely on school lunches. (Story Blocks)

The Hungry Robot is offering cheese or pepperoni personal pizzas to children in need. They posted the following notice on their Facebook page Friday:

“For however long spring break is extended, we will provide your kids with a free Cheese or Pepperoni personal pizza if you bring in your paperwork approval for the free or reduced school lunch or the app Schoolcafe!”

They go on to add that anyone who would like to donate towards these students in need can do that!

“If you are not food insecure and you want to help we will let people pre-purchase a small cheese or pepperoni personal pizza that will then be added to a tally board and given to a school age child no questions asked and no paperwork required! We might not be able to do this long, I will tell you that this winter with the cold temps and deployed soldiers has been tough to our carryout only business model. We will do it as long as we can without endangering our family and extended family (staff). If you know someone on the program PLEASE tell them so their kiddo's can have a full tummy!”

They are also working with AK Speed Eats in order to create a digital option for people to donate. “If you would like to pay online for a kiddo lunch - Just got off the phone with AK Speed Eats. These guys are great! They were able to add it to our online ordering so if you want to pre-pay for a kid, just go to www.thehungryrobot.org and select ‘Order Online’. On the LEFT is a "For kids Pizza". For the address put in 910 Old Steese, Fairbanks AK 99701. We will generate a coupon when one of these comes in and will put your first name on it so the kiddo knows who bought them lunch.”

Salty’s on 2nd is also offering brown bag lunches to any kids who need them ‘no questions asked’.

They said the following in a post on their Facebook page:

“Starting Monday 03/16/2020 Salty’s on 2nd will have FREE brown bag lunches for any child in need of food during the extended Spring Break, no questions asked just come in and pick up a bagged lunch! If for whatever reason you are unable to come in and pick them up, message us and we will do our best to meet up with you. We LOVE our community and feel it is important to give back!”

Food Factory will also be providing brown bag lunches to kids in need. They posted the following statement on their Facebook page:

“The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has extended Spring Break another week. As a family run and family oriented restaurant we would like to do our part for those kids who may not be able to get a meal until school goes back into session with schools closed. For the length of the extended break we will be offering brown bag sack lunches consisting of a Ham and Cheese sandwich, an apple and a bag of chips to those that qualify for reduced school lunches. All we ask is that you bring in your paperwork approving the reduced lunch or the Schoolcafe app. If you know of someone who may need this please share this with them. And if you don't please share in Facebook anyway.”

The Salvation Army is also offering free brown bag lunches to any kids in need. From Noon to 1:00 p.m. March 16th – March 20th, 2020 they will be offering these lunches at their Fairbanks location -- 1602 10th Avenue. The entrance for picking up these lunches will be clearly marked.

As we hear about more programs in our community we will be updating this story.

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