Almost one million children in Georgia face going without enough to eat during the Summer months. The Bibb County School District in Macon feeds many of the 20,000 students that qualify for free or reduced lunch all Summer long.
They get the food where it needs to go on a big, yellow school bus.
The bus makes a four hour trip, five days a week to deliver 7,000 lunches. Other lunches are delivered to community centers.
At the district’s central kitchen, workers pack the meals with the food experts say can help students retain knowledge over the Summer.
Stephanie Williams hands out the lunches on the bus. She has a strict “take them as they come” policy. That means bare feet, pajamas or whatever they have on.
If the kids Williams knows need a lunch don’t come quickly, she’ll yell for them and wait. Often kids can be seen tentatively waiting in front doors.
The goal of the lunch bus is keeping students fed and healthy until they hit the school doors again at the end of the Summer.
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