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Kalispell Public Schools Food Service Program receives $15,000 grant

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Posted at 7:06 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 22:02:00-04

KALISPELL — Gov. Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock awarded a $15,000 grant to Kalispell Public Schools Food Service Program on Thursday.

The No-Kid-Hungry Grant helps keep Kalispell's meal service up and running while schools remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The free meal service offers breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kalispell Schools Food Service director Jana Graham said the program includes seven drive-thru service locations, including one at every elementary school in Kalispell.

She said the program also delivers lunches to smaller districts outside of Kalispell, including Kila, Somers, Lakeside and more.

Graham said 30 workers help make and deliver close to 3,000 meals a day.

“It’s helping us pay our employees, it’s helping us buy food," Graham said. "One of the big things is the containers are very expensive that we have to package the food in now, so that’s really helping us offset those costs.”

Graham adds, the lunch menu is always changing from cheeseburgers, to sweet and sour chicken, pulled pork and more.