Many kids rely on the meals provided to them by their school to keep them fed. So, what happens when they're out for the summer and are no longer able to obtain food? The answer is disheartening – they often go hungry.
"6 out of 7 hungry kids don't get the summer meals they need." Reports No Kid Hungry.
This is a reality that so many children face, but thanks to the funding of the USDA Seamless Summer Option, less kids are going hungry in the summer months.
The Cherokee County School District Nutrition Department and the Transportation Department joined forces to take an old school bus and turn it into a sign of hope for so many children. This sign of hope came in the form of a new delivery bus.
This café on wheels made a big impact on Cherokee County's community. The only requirements are that the recipients of these summer meals must be 18 years old or younger, and that they eat the meal on-site – no identification required! Kids can eat either in the bus or on the tables and chairs provided that surround the bus.
Students were served at:
Oak Grove Elementary
R.M. Moore Elementary
Canton Mill Village
Lancaster Ridge/Canton Housing
"The care and concern our school district models for all of its students is just one of many reasons our Foundation is so proud to partner with them and support their initiatives." stated Lisa-Marie Haygood, Cherokee County Educational Foundation Executive Director.
Summer has come to a close, but we can't forget about what made this summer special. Thank you to the USDA, CCSD, and the Transportation Department for taking care of our children and for trying to give Cherokee County's kids more room to be just that – kids.