Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Getting meals to kids in the summer

This works in rural Tennessee, I bet it would work in the North Country...

A cafeteria on wheels: Hawkins County program offers food to hungry 
Knoxville News Sentinel, June 15, 2015

While summer meals are available for low-income Tennessee children, in the hills of Appalachia gas prices and transportation difficulties make it tough for many children to access these meals. One Accord Ministries has two renovated school buses that deliver meals to these children through its Lunch Box Program, and Walmart recently donated $32,000 to purchase and renovate two more buses and expand the program from three to five days a week. The program receives reimbursements from the federal government for the meals. One of the bus drivers remarked that on the first day driving the bus, two sisters climbed on board and said they hadn’t had anything to eat but cold cereal in three days. During the school year, more than 20 million children rely on school meals, according to FRAC.