Around the country, food trucks have become a popular attraction in urban areas, serving everything from hot dogs and pretzels to ethnic specialties. A new truck is hitting the road in New Haven with a difference: it will serve healthy meals — and they’ll be distributed at no cost.
New Haven Public School officials and the United Way have unveiled a food truck which will provide food to city youngsters during the summer months as part of the “No Kid Hungry” campaign.
Two free meals will be delivered each weekday to children who might otherwise go hungry. The United Way of Greater New Haven provided the money for the truck; federal funds will pay for the program itself.
The truck will make lunch and dinner stops at the Betsy Ross School, Helene Grant School and the Microsociety School. More than 75% of New Haven students qualify for free and reduced price meals during the school year, but officials say only one in four took part in the Summer Food Service Program last year, often because they were unable to get to the locations where the meals were being distributed.
It’s expected to serve a thousand free meals each day.