Food truck feeds kids in the summer

Massachusetts district partners with food bank to serve needy kids when school is out.

July 22—A new food truck is hitting the streets of Worcester, Mass., and it’s on a mission to get nutritious food into the mouths of hungry kids.

“Over 46,000 kids receive school meals, but in the summer months, it goes way down to maybe 19-percent,” says Jean McMurray of the Worcester County Food Bank.

The new truck is being run by the Worcester Public Schools in partnership with the Worcester County Food Bank.
 
It’s the first of its kind in the city, and it will be making stops at the two state pools, passing out breakfast and lunch.

“We are now able to stop at locations we couldn't before because of building and utility logistics,” says Donna Lomardi.

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Bill Lacey, senior vice president of marketing at Sodexo, said that Blaze’s growth in the fast-casual sector drove the partnership. Blaze opened its first unit in 2012 near the University of California at Irvine. Its pizzas are flash fired, cooking in under 180 seconds, according to the chain—a selling point for busy customers.

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