Pilot Mobile Summer Feeding Program to Launch in June
Our Community Foundation is pleased to make a $50,000 grant to District 51 for the purchase of a food truck in support of a new mobile summer feeding program to be piloted in June.
42% of Mesa County District 51 children qualify for free and reduced lunch, with some schools as high as 80%. These same children are likely to be hungry in the summer months. Historically, some school children receive meals during summer literacy and enrichment programs. Budget cuts have steadily eroded summer offerings, and this coming summer there will only be two schools open for programs in June.
Federal funding through the USDA Summer Food Service Program will reimburse the District for hot nutritious meals made in a school kitchen and delivered to four low-income neighborhoods.
Notes Dan Sharp, Director of Nutrition Services, “We are turning the traditional summer feeding model on its head. Our school buildings are just not open in the summer. Group feeding sites are limited. We are going to take hot nutritious food to the children who need it most where they live… to the neighborhoods they live in and the parks they play in. The meals are fully funded through a federal nutrition program for all children 18 and under. We just need the delivery vehicle to make this program work. We are so pleased to work in partnership with the Community Foundation to make this program happen.”
Plans are underway now to finalize a route, determine menus, and design an attractive “wrap” for the used food truck recently purchased in Denver.