SIXLAND (KTIV) – A partnership with local schools to manage their food service activities has helped serve more than 1.4 million meals to emergency families in less than three months.
Lunch Solutions is based in Sioux City, South Dakota. They partner with more than 50 school districts across the Midwest to manage their food service programs.
Mike Penn, director of food services at Lunchtime Solutions, said providing free lunch for the epidemic at a time when so many people lost their jobs made a difference – and it was needed.
“Some of them are at home and just don’t have food,” said Mike Penn, head of food services. “Knowing the school districts are taking care of them helps them avoid it,” he said.
Penne says they offer lots of dedicated, fancy menu choices for students.
The “Catch and Go” program runs on Tuesdays and Fridays, he said.
Families drive around, telling them how much food they need and how they are fed.
“On Tuesdays we publish for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays,” Penn said.
Penne says every 18-year-old is entitled to food, even if they are not entitled to free or reduced meals during the school year.
“Keep coming – we’ll be here on Tuesdays and Fridays,” Penn said.
Penn said they will continue food service until the end of July.
Penn said it delivered 10,000 meals in just one day.