Published DateLACONIA — Got Lunch! Laconia, which expects to provide mid-day-meal-makings for as many as 550 school children this summer, is kicking off its third season next week with an "Eat Out" campaign that will allow patrons of the program to make a donation while enjoying a good meal.
Ten different restaurants are participating in "Eat Out For Got Lunch! Laconia Week". People who eat at T-Bones, Cactus Jack's or Burrito Me on Monday, May 13 will have a portion of their check total donated to the cause. All they have to do is mention to their server that they came out to support Got Lunch!.
On Tuesday, May 14 the scene will switch to the Village Bakery (on Main Street) and the BrickFront Restaurant. On Wednesday, May 15 the eating establishments of choice will be Fratello's and Hector's. And on Friday, Tavern 27, the Lyon's Den and Patrick's Pub & Eatery will be the preferred destinations.
Starting on June 19, the team of Got Lunch! volunteers will fan out across the city to deliver, free of charge, a week's worth of lunch-making groceries to the families of children who qualify for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program when school is in session. The same scene will be repeated on each Monday for nine weeks.
Last summer, Got Lunch! Laconia provided summer meals for 420 children and that number is expected to increase by 25 to 30 percent this summer. Organizers estimate that it takes $110 to provide one child with lunch groceries for the summer.