Colorful food trucks take children’s meals into neighborhoods

Corinth school lunch vanBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The Corinth school district has added a new wrinkle to its summer meals program, sending two well-equipped meal delivery vans into three Corinth neighborhoods to help feed the community’s children nutritious breakfasts and lunches.

They’re increasing the visibility of the vehicles by covering them with graphics that make them look similar to the familiar yellow school buses, but with colorful smiling images of fruits and vegetables.

The Corinth School District launched the new summer meals outreach in an effort to get nutritious meals to more children, with the idea that many children who could benefit are unable to get to the six locations throughout the city where the free meals are served, said Superintendent Lee Childress.

“We have two trucks that are going to West Hills Subdivision, Farmington Arms Apartments and Country Lane Apartments,” Childress said. “We’ve been very disappointed by the low participation at West Hills, but we’ve had excellent participation at the other two. We’re serving about 50 to 60 lunches a day and about 30 to 40 breakfasts at those two locations. Where there’s a need people are taking advantage of it.”

The six established fixed locations for the free weekday meal service include Corinth Elementary School, Corinth Middle School, Lighthouse Foundation, Project Attention, Easom Community Center and Corinth SportsPlex. Children from the Boys & Girls Club walk the short distance to Corinth Elementary for their meals.

“In all we’re serving about 500 lunches at all sites,” Childress said. “I encourage anyone with a child under 18 to have them participate, regardless of income.”

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com