Mobile lunch program delivers free meals ahead of Easter

Published: Apr. 20, 2019 at 6:15 PM CDT
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Kids in several neighborhoods on Madison's north side got free lunches on Saturday, thanks to the River Food Pantry's MUNCH program.

The MUNCH program delivers free meals on weekends and school holidays to kids who would normally qualify for free lunches at school.

"I think it's a really good program especially even without it being government funded and having people help out with everything, I think it's a really great thing," said Jack O'Brien, a volunteer helping hand out lunches.

MUNCH tries to give kids and their parents balanced meals. Volunteers help make and distribute the food every week.

"It’s really great seeing a lot of young kids and seeing how grateful they are for everything, so it’s really nice and a great experience to have," O'Brien said.

On Saturday, ahead of Easter, MUNCH volunteers put an Easter egg filled with candy in each of the kids' bags. One volunteer said they just wanted to add something special for the kids.

The MUNCH program runs on weekends during the school year. Starting in June, it will run seven days a week.