‘It’s a big relief’: No-Li Brewhouse donates 200 sack lunches to local families

SPOKANE, Wash. — State Representative Marcus Riccelli teamed up with No-Li Brewhouse to pass out 200 lunches to local families on Tuesday.

Spokane Public Schools officials said several community partners have reached out in the past few days wanting to provide assistance to families while schools are closed.

It took less than two hours for No-Li Brewhouse to put the hundreds of sack lunches together.

It was that dedicated time from those employees that made a difference for families Tuesday.

One of those families included Karlissa Richardson and her kids.

In the brown bag, they received a sandwich, chips and fruit.

“We’re already on rough times before this. So this is, it’s a big relief. You go to the stores and there’s like literally nothing there so I was panicking to my son’s teacher yesterday and she was like ‘Don’t worry, we got you,'” Richardson explained.

While No-Li goes through its own difficult time with business restrictions, it was an easy decision for them to help others.

“We decided to do this because in any difficult times, it’s important to stay together. We come together as a community and, also, it just helps takes our minds off of daily changes that are going on with this outbreak,” said Avont Grant, the head chef for No-Li.

Coming together is what State Representative Marcus Riccelli is hoping to see during these hard times.

“The neighbor-to-neighbor piece is going to be extremely important and making sure that people aren’t going hungry, to making sure people are having adequate child care for our first responders and health care providers. I think it’s really important that we come together as a community,” Riccelli said.

Many showed up at Logan Elementary, whether it was people trying to help or needed the help, they were being safe, getting the nutrition they needed while playing music, dancing and having fun.

“It’s going to be rough but we’ll do it. We got this,” Richardson said.

Beyond No-Li’s event, families will be able to pick up meals for the students throughout the duration of the closure. Meals can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m, Monday-Friday, starting on March 19 at the following schools:

  • Arlington
  • Balboa
  • Finch
  • Garfield
  • Hutton
  • Lidgerwood
  • Lincoln Heights
  • Longfellow
  • Moran Prairie
  • Mullan Road
  • Ridgeview
  • Roosevelt
  • Shaw
  • Rogers
  • Shadle Park
  • Ferris

If your child is a student in a different district, there are other opportunities for meals. Find them here.

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