NYC uses food trucks to bring summer meals to kids

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

NEW YORK (AP) — Within min­utes, the line at the food truck parked on a busy Queens thor­ough­fare ex­tended sev­eral peo­ple deep. Hip­ster food­ies look­ing to sam­ple ve­gan piz­zas or fu­sion tacos?

Nope, these were chil­dren, ag­o­niz­ing over whether to pick the ham-and- cheese or the peanut but­ter-and-jelly sand­wiches, the reg­u­lar or choco­late milk.

It was part of a summer meals pro­gram that tries to make sure the chil­dren who qual­ify for free or re­duced-price meals dur­ing the aca­demic year don’t lose out just be­cause school’s out.

In­stead of the kids com­ing to where the food is, the food goes to where the kids are.

New York City’s De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion put its first truck in ser­vice a cou­ple of years ago, and this year it has four — one that goes to Or­chard Beach in the Bronx and three that go to a park and two li­brary branches in Queens.

“By bring­ing the food to them we’re able to ex­tend our reach in ways that pre­vi­ously were unattain­able,” said Eric Goldstein, CEO of the de­part­ment’s Of­fice of School Sup­port Ser­vices.

Goldstein said about 75 per­cent of the city’s 1.1 mil­lion pub­lic school stu­dents are el­i­gi­ble dur­ing the school year for daily free or re­duced-price meals, which the city pro­vides and gets re­im­bursed for by the fed­eral govern­ment. Par­tic­i­pa­tion dur­ing the school year re­quires fill­ing out pa­per­work, and not all el­i­gi­ble stu­dents take part.

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