Lantana Resident Lara Lopez Wins $5,000 Grant

Lantana Resident Lara Lopez Wins $5,000 Grant

by Steve Gamel

Lantana resident Lara Lopez was awarded a $5,000 grant last month from Jersey Mike’s Subs in recognition for the community support work she does through her Kids Kupboard Ministry.

Per a press release from Jersey Mike’s, Lopez put together weekly weekend food packages for nearly 200 local community students who are receiving free and reduced breakfast and lunch each day at school. For many of those students, those are their only meals each day. Lopez’ efforts helped bridge the gap between the weekend and school.

What started in 2011 as a project to provide 25 bags of non-perishable food items at one elementary school has since expanded to 122 bags per week at four schools. Lopez’ efforts reach nearly 200 kids before vacation breaks.

Lopez was nominated for the grant by her brother in law, Dan Lopez.

“When my husband and I moved to town, we went to the local elementary school to see if we could get involved. We had heard of people doing similar things, helping feed kids,” Lopez said in the press release. “We also wanted to teach our kids to give back and realize not everyone has the same blessings we do.”

The Lopez family has four daughters and regularly has them and neighborhood kids help with packing the bags.

“My heart overflows with gratitude! What a great thing for Jersey Mike’s to give back to the community in such a big way,” said Lopez. “The money will go to buy more food —it will cover nearly a year’s worth. We don’t have to worry about running out of food.”

The grants from Jersey Mike’s are designed to help winners make an even greater impact in their communities. The company said in its press release that it received 2,600 nominations for the Sub Abover grants. Lopez was one of five recipients and the only one from Texas. March was Jersey Mike’s 8th annual month of Giving fundraising initiatives. Last year’s Month of Giving raised more than $5.5 million for local charities nationwide.

Per the release, the campaign culminated in the nationwide event, Day of Giving, on Wednesday, March 28, when local Jersey Mike’s owners and operators donated their resources and every single dollar that comes in to local charities. Since 2010, Jersey Mike’s locations throughout the country have raised nearly $28 million for worthy local charities and have distributed more than 2 million free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

“It’s inspiring to read the stories of so many who are making a difference in someone’s life,” said Rich Hope, Chief Marketing Officer, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. “That’s been a guiding principle of Jersey Mike’s since our Founder Peter Cancro bought his first sub shop at the age of 17, and we’re happy to recognize Lara for fulfilling
that vision.” 

“You can make a big difference in your own community,” said Lopez. “Don’t try to change the world … just one piece of it.”

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