Schools across Virginia will be closed for at least the next two weeks. Because many students get at least one meal at school, many people are left wondering: what are they going to do?
The owner of a Virginia Beach restaurant is stepping up to the plate.
Mark Stevens owns Zero’s Subs near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and his restaurant is within walking distance of Cooke Elementary School. When he heard about schools closing, he knew he had to help.
“Right now, we’re making lunches, bagged lunches, for the kids that do not have food to eat,” Stevens said. “I had a concern about where these kids are going to find their next lunch because we have a lot of kids in the neighborhood who depend on the free breakfast, free lunch.”
Stevens is also the Co-Executive Director of StandUp for Kids, a nonprofit that helps children and teens affected by homelessness, so when he saw a potential need, he didn’t hesitate to fill it.
“I like to be proactive and for me to do that, it was ‘Let’s make sandwiches,’” Stevens said.
Mark (left) with StandUp for Kids – Hampton Roads Co-Executive Director Nicole Pixler