As the Galesburg teachers strike continues, many students who depend on the schools to get their meals found themselves without lunch.
A free lunch program was organized and is now being run by the Galesburg School District, in an effort to make sure students who depend the schools lunch services are being taken care of.
Seven different locations around Galesburg were chosen as places for parents and students to go to receive free lunches. Galesburg Education Association member Leeanne Scherpe was at one of the sites volunteering, and tells WGIL once word got out lunch was being provided for students those who were in need showed up.
“The very first day it was 397 students, that’s what we feed on Tuesday and we prepared 400 lunches ans as far as I know everybody’s still coming in getting their lunches sometimes they’re eating here sometimes they’re taking it to go.”
Scherpe says at most of the locations especially in places with the highest need most if not all the lunches are going out to students.
Students ages 18 months to 18 years can get a bagged lunch which contains a sandwich, chips, veggies, a dessert, fruit and granola bars.
Lunch is severed from 11:30 to 12:30 at Woodland Bend Community Center, Cedar Creek Place Community Center, the YMCA and a few other places around Galesburg.
The program will continue throughout the strike.