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Working Together: Plainfield School Corporation uses refurbished school bus to get food to students

Posted at 6:51 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 06:51:45-04

PLAINFIELD — There are more than 5,500 students in the Plainfield school district; some of those kids depend on school for their daily meals. That's why the administration for the district came up with a way to get breakfast and lunch to their students who are stuck at home.

As students across Indiana adjust to learning at home, they're also adjusting to when and where their meals are coming from.

Plainfield Community School Corporation found a creative way to take out the guesswork.

The school has four mobile feeding units out in the community right now, distributing sack lunches to any student who needs one.

One of those vehicles, a refurbished school bus tagged as the "Quaker Brake Food Truck."

The food truck is normally used for a life skills class for high school students.

"They learn customer service skills how to approach them, others have really gotten good at making change," said Sabrina Kapp, Communications Director for Plainfield School Corporation.

But due to COVID-19 precautions and school closures, the food truck was sitting unused.

Leann and Tammy run the food truck, the friendly faces familiar to students as the two ladies work as cooks for the district.

Sack lunches include a healthy lunch, snack, fruit, and vegetable, along with breakfast for the next day.

As children walked up to the truck, you could hear Leann and Tammy asking if students had allergies, as they have options to keep students safe and healthy during this time. The service is entirely free, and district staff stress that it is available to all students pre-k through 12th grade.

If you live in the district you can view the mobile feeding unit schedule here

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