Quote from Mark Wilson, Food Service Supervisor for Glades County School District:

“We know that many families in our community face challenges when it comes to accessing summer meal sites,” said Mark Wilson, Food Service Supervisor for Glades County School District. “When we learned of these new options for feeding kids in rural areas and No Kid Hungry’s grant opportunity, we knew it was a huge opportunity for our community. By adding a mobile distribution route we can bring meals directly to the families who need them this summer.”

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Glades County School District Launches Mobile Distribution Route
to Feed More Kids this Summer 

No Kid Hungry Florida granted the school district $25,000
to support implementation of this program 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 2, 2024

Contact: Lexie Savedge – Ph: 813.482.5506 Email: lexie@saltermitchellpr.com   

FLORIDA – For kids who rely on school meals as a consistent source of nutrition, summer can be a challenging time. For many families, the summer months place additional economic and financial strain on households, but for those in rural communities, summer hits even harder.  In rural areas, families often face barriers such as transportation making access to summer meal programs difficult. 

This year, however, positive changes are coming for many communities looking to overcome these barriers with innovative solutions. For Glades County School District, this includes a mobile distribution route delivering meals directly to kids who need them. 

“Despite the challenges rural communities face, we also see extreme resilience,” said Sky Beard, director of No Kid Hungry Florida. “They understand the barriers their community faces when it comes to accessing traditional meal sites and are now able to implement new tools to overcome those barriers.”  

To support this innovation statewide, No Kid Hungry has granted over $280,000 to three school districts and three community partners throughout Florida’s rural areas. For Glades County School District and many others, this marks the first summer of implementing non-congregate meal programs. The grants will help cover the costs of meal delivery, refrigeration, and transportation, essential to implement these programs. 

“Our summer meal programs are great, however, they were never designed to reach every kid that may need them. Therefore, we often see a gap between those who need summer meals and those who can access them,” said Sky. “In Florida, only 10% of those who utilize free and reduced meals during the school year access summer meal sites. In rural communities, these barriers have historically caused an even deeper gap. The innovations happening this summer bring us one step closer to reaching more kids who need these programs.” 

Additional recipients include:

  • Feeding the Gulf Coast 
  • Star of the Sea Foundation 
  • The School District of Lee County 
  • Second Harvest of the Big Bend 
  • The School Board of Alachua County

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About No Kid Hungry 

No child should go hungry in America. But millions of kids will face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.  

ByTaylor