The "Food Fort" launches in Lincoln

Published: Oct. 16, 2016 at 11:43 PM CDT
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For one Lincoln couple, Sunday was the start of a dream they've had for months now.

They launched their brand new non-profit called the "Food Fort."

It's not your average food bank. This organization uses a bus to help children in low-income neighborhoods.

The "Food Fort" has two target neighborhoods, one at 13th and Saratoga and another just a few blocks from the state capitol near 20th and G Streets.

The bus will visit the 20th and G neighborhood every Sunday night and the 13th and Saratoga neighborhood every Wednesday night.

Kids line up and hop in the restaurant style interior and are provided a sit down dinner.

Founders Michaela Akridge and her husband Ben say Food Fort is special because they are providing more than just a meal. They are also forming relationships and building trust.

"I want them to feel that they have some adults they can trust, that they have a team of people, who are going to show up when they say they are going to show up and a place they can come and have a good time," she said.

Michaela and Ben have five children and are running the Food Fort together on the side.

They receive donations and support from their church, Calvary Lutheran, and other donors.