Summer Nutrition Expands to Private Sector

Kids Have Choices for Food
Posted on 06/25/2021
Image of Main Street Saloon(Kristen Anzuini for Spectrum News1)

Many students in the Akron Public Schools District may not know where their next meal is coming from as 84% are considered food insecure, but the Main Street Saloon in Akron makes sure all kids have at least one meal a day during the summertime.

Marlene Denholm is the owner of the Main Street Saloon. She and her father David started a free sack lunch program for neighborhood kids six years ago.

“People don’t realize how families depend on the free lunch program that they get in school during the school year," Denholm said. "[David] and I decided we were going to do this during the summer months when they were out of school.”

Even though her dad has since passed away, Denholm continues to carry on his legacy of feeding hungry kids with her daughter at their restaurant.

Over the past several years, the family has served thousands of bagged lunches to their neighborhood kids.

“I do feel that they are very thankful, so it makes me happy," Denholm said. "I just hope I am making a difference in someone's little life, and I hope they remember us.”

Denholm said she knows her dad would be proud.

“He is smiling," she said. "He was a kid at heart himself.”

They serve the free children's lunches every weekday in the summer at the Main Street Saloon in Akron from noon to 1:30 p.m. Watch the video here >>.
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