In early May, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton challenged Phoenix area organizations to increase children’s access to healthy summer meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
Roosevelt School District has made it a long-standing priority to serve the community through continued expansion of their summer meals program. In fact, RSD intends to serve over 200,000 free meals to children over the course of the summer.
The District’s Child Nutrition Services Department is serving up healthy meals to children 18 and younger, Monday through Friday, at almost 30 sites through the end of July.
Two challenges RSD faces every year when it comes to participation in the summer meals program are the extreme heat and lack of transportation for children and families.
To overcome this barrier, RSD has partnered with community organizations throughout Central and South Phoenix to serve meals in locations where children already gather during the summer, such as local libraries and recreation centers.
A new feature this year is the “Meals to Kids” bus that visits four locations, Monday through Friday, for breakfast and lunch.
Children eagerly await the arrival of the fun and brightly painted bus where they get to eat their meal in a creatively refurbished, air-conditioned bus complete with tables and benches for an enjoyable dining experience.
“We are continually looking for creative ways to increase access to healthy summer meals for children in our community,” said Jennifer Gordon, Child Nutrition Services Department Operations Specialist. “The bus is great because it provides a mobile solution to help us overcome the barriers we face while ensuring kids are nourished during the summer so they come back to school ready to learn.”
RSD is proud to accept the inaugural Arizona Mayors’ Summer Meals Challenge and looks forward to continued expansion of the summer meals program in years to come.
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