Wayne Township Uses Old School Bus To Deliver Summer Meals

Wayne Township Uses Old School Bus To Deliver Summer Meals


>>>THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IS UNDER
WAY FOR DISTRICTS ACROSS INDIANA WAY FOR DISTRICTS ACROSS INDIANA
AND FOR MANY STUDENTS THAT MEANS AND FOR MANY STUDENTS THAT MEANS
A RETURN TO CONSISTENT MEALS A RETURN TO CONSISTENT MEALS
THROUGH THE FREE AND REDUCED THROUGH THE FREE AND REDUCED
PRICE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PRICE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
PROGRAM. PROGRAM.
IT’S SOMETHING A LOT OF PEOPLE IT’S SOMETHING A LOT OF PEOPLE
TAKE FOR GRANTED. TAKE FOR GRANTED.
BUT THE REALITY IS THOUSANDS OF BUT THE REALITY IS THOUSANDS OF
KIDS IN INDIANA ARE LABELED AS KIDS IN INDIANA ARE LABELED AS
FOOD INSECURE. FOOD INSECURE.
A REPORT RELEASED THIS WEEK A REPORT RELEASED THIS WEEK
SHOWS NEARLY 100,000 CHILDREN IN SHOWS NEARLY 100,000 CHILDREN IN
SOUTH AND CENTRAL INDIANA RELY SOUTH AND CENTRAL INDIANA RELY
ON FOOD BANKS. ON FOOD BANKS.
RECOGNIZING THE YEAR-ROUND NEED, RECOGNIZING THE YEAR-ROUND NEED,
SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITH LARGE SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITH LARGE
PERCENTAGES OF STUDENTS WHO PERCENTAGES OF STUDENTS WHO
DEPEND ON FREE AND REDUCED PRICE DEPEND ON FREE AND REDUCED PRICE
LUNCHES ARE EXPANDING THEIR LUNCHES ARE EXPANDING THEIR
PROGRAMS. PROGRAMS.
THOSE STUDENTS DON’T GO HUNGRY THOSE STUDENTS DON’T GO HUNGRY
ON THE WEEKENDS AND EVENINGS OR ON THE WEEKENDS AND EVENINGS OR
OVER THE LONG SUMMER BREAK. OVER THE LONG SUMMER BREAK.
CLARA OF OUR STATEIMPACT CLARA OF OUR STATEIMPACT
EDUCATION STEAM HAS THE STORY. EDUCATION STEAM HAS THE STORY.
>>MOST OF THE TIME WHEN WE TALK>>MOST OF THE TIME WHEN WE TALK
ABOUT HOW A STUDENT CAN BE ABOUT HOW A STUDENT CAN BE
SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL, READING SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL, READING
ABILITY, TESTING STRATEGIES OR ABILITY, TESTING STRATEGIES OR
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT TEND TO BE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT TEND TO BE
AT THE CENTER OF THE DISCUSSION. AT THE CENTER OF THE DISCUSSION.
BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT IS WHAT BUT JUST AS IMPORTANT IS WHAT
THAT CHILD HAD FOR BREAKFAST. THAT CHILD HAD FOR BREAKFAST.
>>IMAGINE SITTING IN THE >>IMAGINE SITTING IN THE
CLASSROOM AND TRYING TO FOCUS ON CLASSROOM AND TRYING TO FOCUS ON
SOMETHING AN ADULT IS TEACHING SOMETHING AN ADULT IS TEACHING
YOU ABOUT MATH POUR ABOUT YOU ABOUT MATH POUR ABOUT
LANGUAGE ARTS OR LITERACY OR ANY LANGUAGE ARTS OR LITERACY OR ANY
OF THOSE THINGS AND YET YOU’RE OF THOSE THINGS AND YET YOU’RE
HUNGRY. HUNGRY.
>>80% OF THE STUDENTS RELY ON >>80% OF THE STUDENTS RELY ON
FREE AND REDUCED PRICE BREAKFAST FREE AND REDUCED PRICE BREAKFAST
AND LUMP DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. AND LUMP DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.
A FEW YEARS AGO THEY BEGAN A FEW YEARS AGO THEY BEGAN
DELIVERING MEALS THROUGH THE DELIVERING MEALS THROUGH THE
SUMMER. SUMMER.
>>IN THE PAST WE PARTICIPATED >>IN THE PAST WE PARTICIPATED
WITH THE SUMMER FEEDINGS PROGRAM WITH THE SUMMER FEEDINGS PROGRAM
BUT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO BUT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO
SERVE AS MANY SITES AS WE WOULD SERVE AS MANY SITES AS WE WOULD
LIKE BECAUSE OF LIMITATIONS. LIKE BECAUSE OF LIMITATIONS.
ONE OF THE LIMITATIONS WAS ONE OF THE LIMITATIONS WAS
LOCATION. LOCATION.
>>TO REACH MORE CHILDREN DURING>>TO REACH MORE CHILDREN DURING
THE SUMMER THE DISTRICT THE SUMMER THE DISTRICT
REFURBISHED AN OLD SCHOOLBUS AND REFURBISHED AN OLD SCHOOLBUS AND
TURNED INTO IT A MOBILE TURNED INTO IT A MOBILE
CAFETERIA WHICH TOOK TO THE CAFETERIA WHICH TOOK TO THE
STREETS FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS STREETS FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS
SUMMER. SUMMER.
THE BUS TRAVELED TO MOBILE HOME THE BUS TRAVELED TO MOBILE HOME
PARKS, APARTMENT COMPLEXES AND PARKS, APARTMENT COMPLEXES AND
THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN
NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE A LOT OF NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE A LOT OF
STOORNTS WHO DEPEND ON STOORNTS WHO DEPEND ON
FREE/REDUCED PRICE LUNCHES LIVE. FREE/REDUCED PRICE LUNCHES LIVE.
BY THE TIME SCHOOL STARTED AT BY THE TIME SCHOOL STARTED AT
THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST THEY THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST THEY
SIRVED AN ESTIMATED 90,000 SIRVED AN ESTIMATED 90,000
MEALS. MEALS.
THE BUS LOOKS LIKE A CAFETERIA THE BUS LOOKS LIKE A CAFETERIA
ON THE INSIDE. ON THE INSIDE.
LINOLEUM FLOOR, LARGE COOLERS LINOLEUM FLOOR, LARGE COOLERS
AND FOLD DOWN TABLES AND AND FOLD DOWN TABLES AND
BENCHES. BENCHES.
SO THE CHILDREN CAN EAT ON THE SO THE CHILDREN CAN EAT ON THE
BUS. BUS.
LORETTA FLEMING SAYS HER KIDS LORETTA FLEMING SAYS HER KIDS
LOOK FORWARD TO THE BUS’ ARRIVAL LOOK FORWARD TO THE BUS’ ARRIVAL
EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY.
>>THE KIDS CALL IT THE PARTY >>THE KIDS CALL IT THE PARTY
BUS. BUS.
THE KIDS LOVE IT. THE KIDS LOVE IT.
THEY THINK IT’S REALLY COOL. THEY THINK IT’S REALLY COOL.
>>SWIMMING SAYS WHEN SHE LOST >>SWIMMING SAYS WHEN SHE LOST
HER JOB MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, HER JOB MORE THAN A YEAR AGO,
HER FAMILY DEPENDED ON FREE AND HER FAMILY DEPENDED ON FREE AND
REDUCED PRICE LUNCH AND HAVING REDUCED PRICE LUNCH AND HAVING
IT AVAILABLE IN THE SUMMER IS IT AVAILABLE IN THE SUMMER IS
INVALUABLE THAT MANY. INVALUABLE THAT MANY.
>>ALLEVIATES SOME OF THAT >>ALLEVIATES SOME OF THAT
STRESS KNOWING IF I DON’T HAVE STRESS KNOWING IF I DON’T HAVE
THE MONEY TO GET ALL THE LUNCH THE MONEY TO GET ALL THE LUNCH
FOOD THEY GET FOR THE WEEK FOOD THEY GET FOR THE WEEK
THEY’RE STILL GETTING A DECENT THEY’RE STILL GETTING A DECENT
MEAL IN THE DAY BECAUSE THEY MEAL IN THE DAY BECAUSE THEY
HAVE THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM HAVE THE FREE LUNCH PROGRAM
HERE. HERE.
>>IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING >>IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING
MEALS DURING THE SUMMER THE MEALS DURING THE SUMMER THE
MOBILE CAFE ALSO CREATES A SENSE MOBILE CAFE ALSO CREATES A SENSE
OF COMMUNITY BETWEEN STUDENTS OF COMMUNITY BETWEEN STUDENTS
AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AT A AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AT A
TIME WHEN STUDENTS ARE USUALLY TIME WHEN STUDENTS ARE USUALLY
ON THEIR OWN. ON THEIR OWN.
THE NEXT STEP FOR THE WAYNE THE NEXT STEP FOR THE WAYNE
TOWNSHIP IS PROVIDING DINNER TO TOWNSHIP IS PROVIDING DINNER TO
STUDENTS WHO NEED IT. STUDENTS WHO NEED IT.
THE DISTRICT’S FOOD SERVICE TEAM THE DISTRICT’S FOOD SERVICE TEAM
SAYS THREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS SAYS THREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
CURRENTLY PARTICIPATE IN THE AT CURRENTLY PARTICIPATE IN THE AT
RISK SUPPER PROGRAM. RISK SUPPER PROGRAM.
THE DISTRICT IS TRYING TO EXPAND IT TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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