Rural Summer Meal Programs’ Big Challenge: Getting Food To Kids

Earlier this month, CPR News' Megan Verlee told us about Grand Junction's new food truck to help get meals to poor kids when school is out. Trucks are an increasingly popular tool for summer meal programs in the state, it turns out.

Just up the road in Garfield County, the Post-Independent reports that the school district there is struggling to get kids to use its programs. Getting children in the rural county to the food is a big issue, said Dana Wood, LiveWell Garfield County coordinator.

She wants to see the school district to try something new.

“You do see more of those food truck on wheels or mobile-type programs,” Wood told the newspaper. “I think something nontraditional is what has to happen when it comes to rural communities.”

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