With the help of farmer Carla Purcell and an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, the Grayson County school district re-purposed a retired school bus to drive throughout the county delivering free summer meals to anyone under 18 years old.
The brightly-painted school bus is a cafeteria on wheels with benches, tables, air conditioning, and of course — meals on the inside.
“The America’s Farmers program has been wonderful. They have provided funding for us to be able to put together a mobile feeding bus we have used the last few summers,” says Kristy Hodges, the Food Service Director for Grayson County Schools. “The first year, on our first Friday in operation we served 40 meals on the bus. By the end of the last Friday that same year, we served around 500 meals on the bus.”
Grow Communities Feeding the Hungry in Grayson County
Food donations help roughly 685 families in Grayson County, Kentucky. For many children of families living with food insecurity, the meals they receive at school may often be their only consistent food source. During the summers when school is not in session, children find themselves without a reliable resource of nutrition.
This mobile feeding bus is able to bring meals to the areas these children live in and give them access to nutritious meals.
We want this place to be better for us, but especially for our children and for our grandchildren, because this is home.Kristy Hodges, Food Service Director for Grayson County Schools, a 2016 America’s Farmers Grow Communities Winner
A History of Making an Impact
This isn’t the first time that the Grow Communities program has made an impact on feeding the hungry in Grayson County. Another Grow Communities donation was directed by farmer Jimmy Sipes to the Grayson County Food Alliance to help grow their educational resources, so they could continue changing lives.
Grow Communities donations help make programs like these possible across America.
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