Middlesboro, Pineville began free meal programs

Published 5:45 pm Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Who doesn’t love a free meal? Summer is the time when kids break free from reading, writing and arithmetic and have some fun away from their institutes of learning. But just because they may be done with school, that doesn’t mean that school is done with them.

Middlesboro and Pineville schools don’t just want to support their students during the school year, they want to do it year round. This summer, children will be able to eat free thanks to Middlesboro Independent Schools Food Truck.

The truck began to roll last year, and it started its rounds this year on May 21 and will continue through July 27. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Last year, the truck was able give away over 10,000 meals. There are 12 feeding sites this year.

According to Food Service Director Sandra Ramsey, the Middlesboro Independent School District re-purposed an old Title 1 truck and turned it into their mobile feeding truck.

“This van has been a tremendous asset to seeing that our kids our feed during the summer,” said Middlesboro Schools Superintendent Waylon Allen.

Pineville is also doing their own summer feeding program.

Pineville Independent Schools along with the Pineville Housing Authority will be providing free breakfast and lunches in the Pinville school cafeteria as well as the public housing in Wallsend and Newtown.

Starting June 4, Monday through Friday, breakfast will be 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m.