Northwest Arkansas schools, restaurants rally to offer free lunches for kids

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — A local Facebook group is helping to spread the word about where families can find free lunches while schools in Arkansas are closed due to the coronavirus.

Already with more than 4100 members, NWA Free Food for Kids is a resource for parents, families, and anyone who wants to get involved with helping local schoolchildren stay fed during this trying time.

Nick Morgan, the owner of Jersey Mike’s and Marco’s Pizza locations throughout NWA, helped spark the movement with a viral Facebook post last Thursday.

ALSO READ: Rogers restaurant owner pledges free meals for kids if schools shut down

The following is a list of locations around the region where kids can eat free or reduced-cost meals. If you know of something we missed, please email news@knwa.com, or comment on our Facebook page.

SCHOOLS (M-F unless otherwise specified):

  • Bentonville High School – 1801 SE J St. – 11AM-12PM
  • Elkins School District – 446-470 N. Center St. – 7:30AM-1:30PM (Drive-thru under bus awning)
  • Farmington Schools – 12327 N. Hwy 170 – 7:30AM-8:30AM & 10:30AM-12:30PM
  • Fayetteville Public Schools Outback Pantry – 2350 Old Farmington Road – 11AM-1PM (March 16 – meals/snack, March 17 – snack packs)
  • FPS Bus Delivery 11AM-1PM (arrange on district website)
  • Helen Tyson Middle School (Springdale) – 3304 S 40th St. – (this week – 7:30AM-830AM, 11:30AM-12:30AM)
  • Owl Creek School (Fayetteville) – 11AM-1PM (March 16 – meals/snacks, March 17 – Lunch)
  • Springdale Schools (All locations) – time not specified, breakfast and lunch.

RESTAURANTS

Gusanos (All NWA Locations)

Grubs Bar & Grille Downtown

JJ’s Grill (Fayetteville)

Marco’s Pizza (Bentonville, Springdale, Fayetteville) & Jersey Mike’s (Bentonville, Rogers)

CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers (Russellville and Fayetteville)

Big Sexy Food (Rogers, Springdale) and Sammich Love (Springdale)

We want to help. If schools are canceled and you and your family need food please let us help. Come by any of our locations for BIG SEXY FOOD(Rogers & Springdale) or SAMMICH LOVE (Springdale) and let us feed you.

Please don’t hesitate or be embarrassed. You can simply and quietly let our team know that saw this post or that you heard about it and we will make sure you and you family get a meal.

We love our amazing people here in NWA. We would not and will not be here without you and your support.

Be kind. Check on your neighbor. And above all, love each other, just wash your hands first.

Share this to anyone you feel needs to see it.

Big Sexy Food

Wright’s Barbecue (Johnson)

OTHER:

  • Bentonville Library – 405 S. Main St. – 11AM-12PM
  • FPS Food TruckFayetteville Public Library – 11AM-1PM (March 16 – meals/snacks, March 17 – lunch)
  • Centerton City Park 290 N. Main St. – 11AM-12PM
  • Helping Hands (Bentonville)2602 SW D St. – 11AM-12PM
  • New Life Church (Bella Vista) – 103 Riordan Road – 11AM-12PM
  • Pop Up Pantry UARK Dickson – 647 W. Dickson St. – 10AM-1PM, 4PM-8PM
  • Samaritan Community Center (Rogers, Springdale) – 1211 W. Hudson Rd.- (March 17, 18, 19, 10:30AM-12:30PM, Snack Packs)

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