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Applebee’s Takes a Bite out of School Lunch Debt with Upcoming Fundraiser

Posted on October 16th, 2019 by TEAM Schostak in Community, Events

One in five children in Michigan struggle with hunger, and many families fall just above the threshold to qualify for free and reduced lunches, ultimately still struggling to cover costs for student lunches. When accounts fall into debt, kids can be denied a proper lunch, not only leaving them hungry but also easily identifiable by their peers by a substitute lunch they are provided. This can lead to embarrassment and emotional stress, as well as leaving these students open to bullying by peers.

This weekend is National “Make a Difference Day”, and in the same spirit Applebee’s is hosting a fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 2-8 p.m. during which time 20% of food sales will be donated to help decrease student lunch debt and support local schools and families. Each of our participating restaurants is working directly with a local school or charity partner, and we want to encourage our neighbors to help make a difference in their communities by supporting this locally-focused fundraiser.

The 42 participating Applebee’s locations include: Adrian, Allen Park, Ann Arbor- Eisenhower Pkwy, Belleville, Benton Harbor, Big Rapids, Caledonia, Canton, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Coldwater, Comstock Park, Dearborn Heights, Dundee, East Lansing, Grand Haven, Grandville, Greenville, Hastings, Holland, Howell, Kalamazoo- Gull Road, Kalamazoo- West Main, Lapeer, Ludington, Lyon Township, Marshall, Okemos, Plainwell, Portage, Roseville, Saint Johns, South Lansing, Southfield, Southgate, Sturgis, Three Rivers, Walker, West Lansing, Westland, White Lake and Woodhaven.