Wayne Twp. buses to give out free summer meals

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)  – Two new lunch cafes are opening in Wayne Township this summer, but they’re not your typical local restaurants. Two surplus buses have been turned into mobile lunch cafeterias that will help keep students fed while they’re on summer break.

“During the school year in the district, we serve 4 million meals in our school houses. But during the summer months, not all of our students have access to a healthy nutritional meal,” Dr. Jeff Butts, Superintendent of Wayne Township Schools, said.

The two buses will be added to Wayne Township’s 25 stationary lunch sites.

“We now can get around to several other sites in our community and serve meals to those students in those locations that might not be able to get to those other physical sites,” Dr. Butts said.

This is part of the statewide Summer Servings program, which is designed to guarantee that Hoosiers under the age of 18 will get at least one nutritious meal per day throughout the summer.

“All children, no ID required. You don’t have to sign up or register anywhere,” Kathy Pataluch, operations manager for the Indy Hunger Network, said.

Any child can show up and get a free USDA-approved meal.

“The cost of this program to the school district is zero. It’s through the Department of Agriculture, it’s fully funded,” Dr. Butts said.

Wayne Township expects to serve 2,000 meals from the mobile cafes by the end of the summer.

“It feels a lot better knowing that these kids may hopefully go without being hungry for the summer,” Andy Harris, with the Wayne Township Trustees Office, said.

Not all sites will serve the same food and some might serve breakfast instead of lunch.

Click here to find the locations and menus of the Summer Serving sites.

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