Murfreesboro City Schools Unveil New Bus for Summer Feeding Program
by Emily Luxen
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Murfreesboro City School System is taking its summer feeding program on the road in an effort to reach more kids in need this Summer.
A new bus is hitting the streets to deliver hot meals twice a day to kids at designated locations throughout the city.
The Combating Hunger on Wheels or “CHOW” bus is a retired school bus that now features a brightly colored exterior, and a customized interior that features tables where kids can sit and eat. The bus is equipped to seat 40 kids at a time.
While the Murfreesboro City School system has done the Summer Feeding Program for 12 years, this is the first time a bus will be used to transport meals.
“I thought let’s take a bus,” said Sandy Sheele, nutrition supervisor for Murfreesboro City Schools. “We can get out and reach more kids. We can do what we are here to do, which is feed the children.”
Sheele said the bus will stop at five of the 16 designated sites for the summer feeding program. Staff members will be on hand to serve breakfast and lunch at each stop.
“We are just hoping to help alleviate some stress from parents,” said Sheele. “Their children can come to a safe environment and get nutritionally balanced meals throughout the summer.”
Murfreesboro City Schools began its summer feeding program today and will offer it Monday through Friday until August 1. Any child 18 years of age and under can participate. No registration is required.
For more information on the program, or the locations where the bus will stop, visit: http://www.cityschools.net/summer-feeding-program-may-27-thru-aug-1