CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools Child Nutrition Services brings lunch to almost 400 students every day by way of a mobile food truck.
That’s why Dorothy Kithcart got results and called CMS when she heard of a neighborhood in need. Kithcart was working at a Charlotte food pantry when a woman came in and asked for additional food and told her how desperate some parents in the Kingswood Mobile Homes neighborhood were to feed their children.
“She actually said to me that some of these parents were buying animal food because they could not afford regular food,” Kithcart said.
Kithcart’s got results in just one week of her phone call: CMS added the Kingswood neighborhood to their mobile food truck’s route. It has become the most popular of the twelve stops, and serves about 100 students daily.
“I’m sure they were going to bed hungry. But I’m sure this program and other programs like this one will be able to help them,” Kithcart said.
The CMS mobile food truck is a part of the Child Nutrition Program and is federally funded. Not only does the truck fees students that may otherwise go without, but it also provides jobs to the CMS staff.
“It’s kind of a win-win. We get to feed our students and our population and we also get to provide employment for folks that otherwise would be unemployed,” CMS Child Nutrition Program volunteer Karen Sullivan, said.
CMS has been serving summer meals to children for more than 40 years. In 2015, the program was expanded to include a mobile meal program for children. In addition to lunch, community partners have donated books that are distributed to children and their families.
This summer the CMS mobile food truck is expected to serve thirteen thousand meals.
“Seeing these children arrive and knowing you are doing something positive and engaging them, it’s a strong sense of community,” Sullivan said.