Education

Virginia school district buys food truck to feed students during summer

Served nearly 600 in first week

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ via CNN Wire) -- A school district in Virginia wants to make sure students get their school lunches during the summer.

The solution is literally ready to roll.

Students at Woodrow Wilson Intermediate School in Danfield are being served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Lunch even includes a coveted favorite: chocolate milk.

How? The district bought a food truck.

"Food trucks are popular, right? They're popular in bigger cities; we're trying to bring that popularity to school nutrition as well," said Phillip Gardner, director of child nutrition.

For kids under 18, lunch is free.

"It's just the right thing to do. I mean, it's just really a neat, innovative, agile way of meeting a need," said Superintendent Dr. Stanley Jones.

 

During the school year, Danville Public Schools servers around 5,000 lunches a day. That need doesn't change during summer break.

"I challenged our guys and gals, let's feed more kids this summer, and this addition right here, this will help it out," Gardner said.

In the first week alone, the food truck served nearly 600 meals.

The ratings? They're doing pretty good.

"This is my first time. I love food; like I'll be eating a whole lot of food at every place," said one student.

"The possibilities are endless, so if we can double that, triple it, that would be awesome and it's about feeding our students at the end of the day," Gardner said.

The district paid $42,000 for the truck. Officials said the money was well-spent, because the vehicle can be used for other purposes when it's not serving food.


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