Gallagher’s Pizza to offer free lunch to students starting Wednesday in greater Green Bay
Green Bay Press-Gazette
GREEN BAY – Gallagher’s Pizza is offering students a free pizza lunch daily while schools are closed.
Starting Wednesday, students can go to any of the restaurant’s four locations between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and get a slice of pizza, fruit cup or applesauce, and a cookie. Lunch will be ready for pickup every week until kids are back in school.
John Hubbard and Kevin Osadjan, owners of the restaurant, wanted to offer the meals to kids and relieve some of the worries their parents might be having amid the school closings.
“There’s a lot of families out there that count on that one meal a day,” Hubbard said.
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Schools will close statewide starting March 18 and must remain closed until at least April 6 under an order by Gov. Tony Evers aimed at containing the spread of the new coronavirus.
The Green Bay School District, which serves more than 20,000 students across greater Green Bay, begins its spring break on Monday. The district has said it intends to continue to provide meal service for students during the shutdown, though details have not been made public yet. About two-thirds of Green Bay public school students qualify for free or reduced lunch based on their family’s income.
Gallagher’s restaurants are located at 1927 S. Webster Ave. in Allouez, 2655 W. Mason St. in Green Bay, 330 Reid St. in De Pere, and 2306 Lineville Road in Suamico. Students can count on a Chicago-style slice Monday to Friday.
“We’ve been in this community for over 20 years. We came up with lunch because that is something we do everyday and we can certainly provide it,” Hubbard said.
If you know of any businesses offering meals to students, email [email protected] Thank you.
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