Thanks to downtown restaurant, there is such a thing as free lunch

The American Lunch Program is just one example of how Gainesville businesses are reaching out to those less fortunate. The American Lunch Program, sponsored by downtown restaurant Five Bar, "brings free, hot lunch to underprivileged people who may not have a way of getting to restaurants or supermarkets." The idea of a mobile food-based charity was thought of by one of Five Bar's owners, Chris Eddings, and has proved to be efficient and desperately needed. 

The Southwest Advocacy Group, or SWAG as they're better know, is a Family Resource Center who provides programs and services to residents in our community who are affected my food scarcity and a lack of transportation. SWAG has been working with The American Lunch Program in the area of Linton Oaks, also referred to as a "food desert" because of its lack of public transportation and food options. Click here to read the full story from the Gainesville Sun. 

The truck sets up near Oak Park public housing complex at 100 NE Eighth Ave. on Mondays, near Pine Grove apartments at 1901 NW Second St. on Wednesdays and at the SWAG Center at 807 SW 64th Terrace in Linton Oaks.

It's humbling and wonderful to see a company give back to the community. How does your company give back?

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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