Minot bar helping solve 'gap' funding for SNAP program

A Minot bar is doing its part to help a non-profit raise money for people in need.

Jon Lakoduk, who operates The Tap Room, says the group Community Options reached out to him, asking if he would use his establishment to help solve the ‘gap’ funding issue—that is, everyday needs not covered by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Lakoduk has collected donations from customers this week at a ‘wishing well’ collection area in his bar downtown. He’s also donating $1 of profit from every sale of a select beer to the program.

“That program does not cover life necessities such as paper towels, laundry detergent, and the like, which are desperately needed as well in their time of need. And that’s the thing they explained to us is that it was a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out.’ It’s something that we can do to give back to our community that supports us,” said Lakoduk.

If you want to contribute, The Tap Room is participating through Thursday, March 8.