MAYOR, SUPERINTENDENT VISIT PARK WHERE FOOD TRUCK PROVIDES KIDS WITH FREE MEALS ALL SUMMER

Check out coverage of the event from the New Haven Register, WTNH, and the New Haven Independent.
 
 
MAYOR, SUPERINTENDENT VISIT PARK WHERE FOOD TRUCK PROVIDES KIDS WITH FREE MEALS ALL SUMMER 
  
Four new food School Bus sites added for the end of the summer
 
 
Mayor Toni Harp and Superintendent Garth Harries joined New Haven children and families today at the Galvin Playground Sprinkler to celebrate a successful summer of nutrition for all.
 
The playground is one of eight sites citywide where the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) food truck stops and provides free, nutritious meals to kids 18 and under.  The mobile food truck, originally made possible through a donation from the United Way of Greater New Haven, works to overcome any transportation issues that might inhibit a child’s access to reliable nourishment during the summertime.
 
Mayor Harp and Superintendent Harries visited the site Tuesday to raise awareness about childhood hunger and to help get the word out that free meals will continue to be served. Also on hand for the event were NHPS Director of Food Services Gail Sharry and Chief Operating Officer William Clark, who oversee the summer meals program and have worked to expand it over the years to reach more kids.
 
At Tuesday’s event, the school district raffled a free bicycle.
 
The NHPS food truck will continue serving all kids until August 22, the week before school starts. This week, the district added four school-based sites where the food School Bus will make stops: Lincoln-Bassett School, Fair Haven School, Wexler-Grant School and Brennan-Rogers School. (See below for schedule.)
 
From Monday through Friday, any kid or teen under 18 can enjoy a healthful lunch and dinner prepared by NHPS Central Kitchen at one of the mobile food truck sites. The mobile food truck gives New Haven an extra tool in the battle against childhood hunger. The food truck supplements the Summer Food Service Program, which served free meals to hundreds of kids in New Haven through early August.
 
“Proper nutrition is just as critical in the summer months as it is during the school year,” said Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries. “The food truck is an essential component of our efforts to ensure all New Haven students can enjoy a happy, healthy, and productive summer.”
 
“Connecticut is among the nation’s leaders in summer meals programs for kids and New Haven has one of the largest programs in the state. Our effort to fight childhood hunger during the summer months is an important way New Haven Public Schools helps serve the whole child,” said Clark, who also co-chairs the District Wellness Committee.
 
“We know that healthy kids are better prepared to learn and grow in school. Our summer meals program allows thousands of kids to have access to healthy, nutritious meals during the months when they are not in school. I thank our many partners who make this possible – our hard-working food service workers, schools, vendors and the state and federal programs that fund us,” said Sharry.
 
The truck and school bus provides meals weekdays according to the following schedule (also available online at www.nhps.net):
 

  • Dover Beach Park, Front St. & John Williams Dr.: Lunch, 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Pine Street Green, Clinton Ave. & Pine St.: Lunch, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Galvin Playground Sprinkler, 416 Greenwich Avenue: Lunch, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Jocelyn Square Park, East & Humphrey Streets: Lunch, 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • Church St. South, 91 Columbus Ave.: Supper, 3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • South Genesee Park Sprinkler, 35 Genesee St.: Supper, 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • DeGale Field, Goffe & Sherman Pkwy.: Supper, 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Scantlebury Park, 139 Ashmun St.: Supper, 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
  • *NEW* Fair Haven School, 164 Grand Ave.: Lunch, 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • *NEW* Wexler-Grant School, 55 Foote St.: Lunch, 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • *NEW* Lincoln-Bassett School, 130 Bassett St.: Lunch, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • *NEW* Brennan-Rogers School, 6 Solomon Crossing: Lunch, 1:35 – 2 p.m.