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Non-profit bikes breakfast, lunch to families in need

Updated: Apr. 10, 2020 at 3:25 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - About 80 families and counting in Baton Rouge are getting their meals through a group of volunteers.

“If you want us to drop the meal at your door, we know our families,” said Dustin Lafont, executive director of Front Yard Bikes. “We know where they’re located and we’ll make it happen to where you’ll get your food at your house.”

The Three O’Clock Project donates the daily warm meals. A two-man team from the non-profit group, Front Yard Bikes, loads them up for delivery Monday through Friday.

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Front Yard Bikes normally feeds some 40 kids a day when its afterschool program is up and running. School is out but the kids still have to eat.

Lafont said they had to make sure their kids were still taken care of, realizing some families don’t have the transportation to grocery shop. He added with kids spending more time at home, it also means the need for afternoon snacks has doubled.

The non-profit has found itself feeding more than just its regulars during the daily meal drop-offs.

“Initially, when the schools closed, we had a few people ask for meals. But it has increased every single day. And, even yesterday, we had 150 and that wasn’t enough,” Lafont added.

Word of the generosity has spread and even people out of a job are asking for a hot plate with no end in sight for this demand. That’s why Kincaid Nelson, a Front Yard Bikes member, will distribute a load as fast as his two wheels will carry him. The rest of the haul is taken by truck to parts of Baton Rouge that need it most.

Lafont said the number of meals given out is determined by the requests from the previous visit. Each stop takes just a few seconds. Two knocks on the front door and Lafont is out with no interaction to stay in line with rules of distancing.

The bed of a pickup isn’t just filled with nourishment. It’s stuffed with homework packets. The non-profit doesn’t want the kids to miss a learning beat.

“It warms our hearts to see our kids doing so well and they know that we care about them. They know that we value them immensely,” said Lafont.

It might be unclear when things will get back to normal but these guys will be there bringing food to the needy and making sure their kids stay motivated.

The Three O’Clock Project provides warm meals to those families on the weekends.

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