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NKY pizza joint extending free meals for kids in need to year-round

Posted at 9:50 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 11:17:41-04

HEBRON, Kentucky — What started as a way to help students who rely on school lunches for regular meals get free lunch through the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns will now extend year-round, because Poseidon's Pizza Company believes the need will continue even as the economy reopens.

Poseidon's Pizza has already served more than 1,000 free pizzas to kids who receive free or reduced lunch.

Jay Bachmann, owner of Poseidon's Pizza, said he started the business last year with a plan to give back to the community. He partnered with the Northern Kentucky non-profit Go Pantry last October, before the state shutdowns, to start providing food to kids in need. He said he felt he needed to step up the business's efforts when the pandemic hit, providing free small pizzas to any child relying on free or reduced lunch in school.

"I kind of want everybody to know that there's people out here who care about them and will help them out," said Bachmann.

Starting next week, Poseidon's plans to ask families to sign up if they're interested in the service, so he can keep track of everything as the business prepares to roll out the extended program that will continue providing free pizzas year-round.

"I'm always here for them," said Bachmann. "My wife Savannah's always here for them. Poseidon's always here for them."