OPS Launches Feeding Mobile
In an effort to better reach children during the summer, the Owensboro Public Schools’ Food Service Department launched a mobile feeding van on May 31. The van will travel to area hotels to provide food for students living in those hotels and in the surrounding areas. It will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:45 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. Participants must be 18 years of age and younger to receive the meals at no cost.
“We want to do everything possible to help meet the needs of our students even when they’re not with us during the summer. We feel that convenience is key to offering healthy meals to Owensboro children,” said Lisa McCarty, OPS chief operating officer for human resources and support services.
The OPS marked van will also visit the health department so students can come out and receive meals at no cost if they’re in that area. The van will pull up, serve, clean up and move on to the next stop. In addition to food, small trinkets, goodies, and other small items have been donated from the OPS family resource centers to give out at the stops.
“The reality is that during the summer months, some of our students don’t get the nutritional food they need for a variety of reasons. In addition to our normal summer feeding sites, we think this new mobile feeding van will increase our outreach,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.
The Feeding Mobile will operate from May 31 to July 28 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Below is a list of times and places the Feeding Mobile will visit:
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Budget Inn
11:25 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Daviess County Community Health Center
12:05 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Colonel House
12:55 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Cadillac Hotel
The Owensboro Public Schools Summer Feeding program featured its farm to summer lessons Wednesday, June 14 at both Legion and Moreland parks. This is essentially a “show and tell” for farmers where they can connect with the local community at a Summer Feeding site. Farmers talked about how the food is grown, what season and the nutritional benefits of eating locally grown food.
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