The Lunchbox Serves up Free Summer Meals in the NEK

By Green Mountain Farm-to-School on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 in Press Release. No Comments


Press Contact
Shane Rogers
Communications and Development Coordinator
srogers@gmfts.org | 802-334-2044

For Immediate Release

The Lunchbox Serves up Free Summer Meals in the NEK

The Lunchbox food truck, through Green Mountain Farm-to-School, will be on the road again this season serving free meals to kids 18-years-old and younger and offering food education beginning June 15. The Lunchbox will be serving free meals, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, to the towns of Barton, Newport, and Island Pond one day a week for 10 weeks of free meal service. The Lunchbox will also have adult meals and sides available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the work of Green Mountain Farm-to-School and their mission to connect children, farms, and communities through food and education.

“We’re excited to, again, be serving free meals to kids throughout the Northeast Kingdom this summer,” says Becca Mitchell, consumer education coordinator with GMFTS, “Also, by introducing more adult food options this year we hope to get more community members involved with our programming, showcase some of the work we do, and provide them with a delicious meal.”

Every week will feature a fun, informative taste tests and cooking demonstrations for the kids. Throughout the summer there will also be special guest activities, including bike safety and meet-your-farmer days. All activities are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Lunchbox and its schedule of activities, contact Rebecca Mitchell at 802-334-2044 or rmitchell@gmfts.org.

The Lunchbox Summer Meal Service Schedule

DAYTOWNTIMELOCATION
Every WednesdayBarton11:30am – 1:30pmBarton Public Library (100 Church St.)
Every ThursdayNewport11:30am – 1:30pmGardner Park (155 Gardner Park Rd.)
Every FridayIsland Pond11:30am – 1:30pmPavilion Park (95 Cross St.)

Green Mountain Farm-to-School is a participant in the Summer Food Service Program for children.  Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the program is designed to ensure that children who rely on free or reduced price meals during the school year continue to have adequate nutrition throughout the summer.  Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

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