By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Eat Out for Got Lunch! Laconia week began Monday as volunteers who will provide school children with nutritious lunches throughout their summer vacation gathered for lunch at T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, one of 11 participating restaurants, to jump start the sixth year of the program.
The program delivers fresh vegetables and fruit, along with protein in portions recommended by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Service. Last year more than 230 volunteers delivered lunches to an average of 576 children a week for 10 weeks for a total of 28,780 lunches.
Aaron Lichtenberg of Woods Farm in Alton, coordinator of the Lakes Region Agricultural Collaborative, which supplies the program with locally grown vegetables, Tony Felch of the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction and Pat Kelly of WLNH/WEMJ Radio, were honored guests at lunch yesterday. Got Lunch! Laconia also partners with Vista Foods to provide families with $5 voucher to purchase eggs, milk, yogurt or cheese each week.
Burrito Me, Patrick's Pub, Lyon's Den, Village Bakery, The Local Eatery, Brick Front, Holy Grail of the Lakes Region, Faro Italian Grille, Hector's Fine Food and Spirits and Tavern 27 are also taking part in Eat Out – Got Lunch! Laconia week by generously contributing a portion of their proceeds to the program.
Volunteers for the Got Lunch! Laconia launched at T-Bones/Cactus Jack's to kick off Eat Out for GOT LUnch! Laconia week. Clockwise, from left: Aaron Lichtenberg, Dave Barth, Ted Tunicliffe, Tony Felch, Rev. Paula Gile, Stan Brallier, Pat Kelly and Sandy Brallier (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)
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