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MONIQUE AND JOCELYNE LAMOUREUX FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FIRST GRANT
GRAND FORKS, ND – SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 – Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team Members and 2018 Olympic gold medalists from North Dakota, today announced the first grant of their new foundation. The grant to the Grand Forks Foundation for Education will cover the cost to Grand Forks Public Schools of moving students who qualify only for reduced school lunch to a free meal, as well as students who don’t qualify, but whose family may be experiencing financial hardship, upgrading the food options for those kids for the 2019-2020 school year.
“The main purpose of our foundation is to help level the playing field for kids in North Dakota,” explained Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux. “This grant will ensure that all school lunch program participants in Grand Forks have the same meal options.”
In North Dakota, 30% of children live in low-income families and nearly one-third of the state’s students are eligible for participation in the National School Lunch Program. This grant will benefit over 150 students qualifying for reduced lunches and families who don’t qualify but need financial assistance.
“We are committed to helping the Grand Forks Foundation for Education be proactive around this issue,” the Lamoureux twins stated. “Growing up, our mother always told us to cheer for the one behind. That lesson went beyond sports and became the core of a set of values we carry with us today,” they added. “This grant represents our effort to cheer for, advocate for, and fight for the one behind.”
“We are so grateful for this generous grant from the Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation,” said Emilia Hodgson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This grant will enable us to provide enhanced school lunch benefits to our students, at no cost to their families. It will make a big difference in our community.”