KALISPELL — Firehouse subs in Kalispell is donating hundreds of meals to school children in need.
Firehouse subs franchise owner Les Kleinman explained to MTN that Firehouse Subs' philosophy is taking part of their earnings to provide life saving equipment for first responders.
In Montana alone, Kleinman says the Firehouse franchise has donated more than $240,000 for that equipment.
With the Coronavirus, Kleinman wanted to find another way to give back to locals in need.
After Governor Bullock closed schools to prevent the spread of the virus Kleinman found out that 1,500 students still are in need of a meal while they're at home.
Friday, South Kalispell firefighters picked up hundreds of meals to deliver to students.
Kleinman said that Firehouse Subs will continue to provide meals to students twice a week for the next two weeks.
Originally from New York City, Kleinman loves the local community and says this is a way he can give back to the community.
"From day one they took me in, and I believe in loyalty and I'm here for my customers," said Kleinman. "Customers are the ones making this happen as well. Because they're still patrons, even with everything going on."
Firehouse subs is still open for take out only.
Kleinman says all his staff adheres to social distancing while preparing food.
Every prep station is more than six feet apart and all employees wash their hands constantly throughout the day.