Restaurant gives free food to children

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Fizz and Company, a local restaurant at the Agana Shopping Center, gave out free food to children yesterday.

A local business has stepped up to the plate to offer free food for school-aged children amidst mounting concerns surrounding COVID-19. The goodwill efforts have given hope that the Håfa Adai spirit continues.

For many families on island, the impacts of the coronavirus can be felt. Some have been laid off, some have had their work hours reduced, forcing families to tighten their spending.

But we can’t forget that island children are also feeling the impacts as many rely on the school meals they receive for nutrition during the day.

Earlier today, PNC was onsite to speak with parents who took the opportunity to get a free meal for their children. Vic Dorian is one of those parents.

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“Pretty much, it’s helping but right now. But it’s also on the 50/50 side. I have been laid off from work. So I have no work for now until this coronavirus has completely vanished for the green light to go back to work,” Dorian said.

He added: “I feel today that it’s a wonderful thing that they are giving back to the public to give light that there is still hope that we can all still come together. I feel glad, it made my heart pumping. I want to express it out but I don’t know how to express it.”

Children received a hot dog, apple, bottled water, and chips in a to-go bag courtesy of Fizz and Company, a local restaurant at the Agana Shopping Center. Mariana Crisostomo and Dominique Cruz helped to organize the event after seeing a restaurant in the states do the same.

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“Our target really is for students who rely on school lunches so that’s why we opened it up to the first 300 people. We wanted to reach out, these are our children, these are our local babies and we wanted to at least just provide at least one lunch something to look forward to,” she said.

Fizz and Co. says the event was made possible through donations from friends and family. And they took extra precaution to ensure that social distancing measures were in place so that they could safely hand out the free food.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.