DPS buys food truck to feed children over the summer

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Lunch time at Woodrow Wilson Intermediate School means lots of burger flipping, assembling, and passing out.
But this whole process is not getting done in an average school kitchen.

"Food trucks are popular right, they're popular in bigger cities, well we're trying to bring that popularity to school nutrition as well," said Phillip Gardner, director of child nutrition for the school system.

From 10:30AM to 1PM Monday through Thursday, you can get your lunch from the DPS food truck. For kids under 18 its free. For adults its just $3.65.

"It's just the right thing to do I mean its just really a neat innovative, agile way of meeting a need," said Dr. Jones, superintendent for the school system.

During the school year Danville Public Schools serves around 5,000 lunches daily. That need doesn't change when the weather gets warm.

"So I challenged our guys and gals, lets feed more kids this summer, and this addition right here, this will help it out," said Gardner.

In the first week alone, the truck has served nearly 600 meals. The truck cost $42,000, but Gardner says it was well worth the money since the truck is equipped with WIFI and can be used for many other things throughout the school year.

"This is my first time. I love food, Like I'll be eating a whole lot of food at every place," said one student getting lunch with her cousins.

"The possibilities are endless, so if we can double that, triple it, that would be awesome and its about feeding our students at the end of the day," said Gardner.

The truck will make a stop from 10:30-11:30 AM at Ballou Park and then head to Woodrow Wilson from 12-1 PM. The truck will not operate July 4th or 5th.

All of the money will head back to the Child Nutrition budget, which is roughly 4.6 million dollars. The total DPS operating budget is 65 million dollars.