Rapid City Area Schools new mobile feeding program is up and running this summer and making stops all over town; Jefferson Academy, North Middle School, and Horace Mann Pool. Kids of all ages eat free from the truck, reports the Rapid City Journal.
During the school year, many children rely on school lunches for fruits, vegetables, and other healthy options. School-sponsored trucks like this are popular elsewhere, especially during the summer, when healthy meals for kids can be hard to come by. The idea for the truck came up several years ago, says Janelle Peterson, a food service supervisor with RCAS. A grant from the Midwest Dairy Council helped to make that idea a reality.
This service has also teamed up with other local organizations to benefit kids even further. Volunteers and organizers from Rapid City Teen Up, a local youth development program, accompany the food truck on Thursdays, with books and toys to encourage students to read and play as well. This “Feed and Read” program was organized by the United Way of the Black Hills Reads initiative.
The food truck appears throughout the summer at Jefferson Academy from 10:50 to 11:20am, at North Middle School from 11:55am to 12:25pm, and at the Horace Mann Pool from 12:55 to 1:25pm.
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