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Great Falls school food truck serves free meals all summer long

Posted at 8:40 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 22:40:21-04

GREAT FALLS – School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean Great Falls Public Schools doesn’t have students covered.

“The district really realized that there was a lot of potential to feed kids outside of the district,” Jessa Youngers, the district’s food service supervisor, said.

The school district offers free meals all summer long to anyone 18 and under.

“You never know what a home situation is like so at least we can provide something great in their day,” food service employee Kimberly Holefelder said.

It’s free, no registration or applications needed.

“Food insecurity is a real concern for Great Falls. It’s a real concern nationwide. During the summer is one of the hungriest times of years, especially for kids who rely on school meals to meet their needs during the school year,” Youngers said.

Here’s the schedule for kids in the Great Falls area:

  • Gibson Park: 10:30-10:55 AM
  • Rhodes Park: 11:05-11:25 AM
  • Valley View Elementary: 11:35-11:55 AM
  • Sunnyside Elementary: 12:15-12:40 PM
  • Lions Park: 12:50-1:10 PM

“We served 3,338 meals over our first right days of service,” Youngers said.

The food truck is solely funded by the USDA and the school district is fully reimbursed for the meals they serve.

“It’s really great, really rewarding for us and for our staff to be able to serve kids of Great Falls when there’s a huge need in our community,” Youngers said.

The program ends Aug. 10.

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