Bikers Help Pay Off School Lunch Debt

Bismarck, ND - Mandan and Bismarck have some extra help paying down school lunch debt this year.

A group of motorcyclists helped raise money that will go to programs helping children who can't afford to eat at school.

It is an ongoing problem in schools.

"We have a couple schools that are from 60-80 percent poverty level," Lee Fleischer with the Mandan Public Schools Foundation for Education said.

Those kids need help paying for school lunch.

"One of our major programs is providing milk money for students that are on free and reduced," Fleischer said.

Bismarck alone last year said it had racked up about $30,000 in unpaid lunch debt. But this year, it will have some extra help thanks to people who love to ride.

"Get out and enjoy the weather and enjoy the beautiful country that we have," Action Motor Sports Manager Kristin Berge said.

And in this case, raise money for charity.

"on average between 50 and 75 riders a night," she said.

Those riders got together 8 times over the summer for a Ride and Dine event.

"The ride started at 6:30. Go on a 30-40 minute ride, and then if you paid $10 you get a meal at Rock Point, which Rock Point provided this year," Berge explained.

This year, that money went to Bismarck and Mandan schools to help pay for student lunches: $5,363 for Bismarck and $2,641 for Mandan.
"That's a major impact and we're very grateful for getting that grant," Fleischer said.

Sponsors this year were Jerome Distributing, Action Motor Sports, Custom Stripes and Sign Worx, Doll's Studios, Rock Point, Hook's Towing and Freedom Riders MC.

Rock 101 helps put on the event every year. Each year, it picks a different charity to donate to.

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