UPDATED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:11pm
Waco (KWKT) — Every afternoon local families and children are lining up at different sites throughout Waco, waiting for a school bus arrive despite school being out for summer.
Waco ISD has launched a new "Meals on the Bus" program that gives children up to age 18, a free nutritious lunch.The program is offered to any child even if they do not attend a Waco ISD school.
Despite being in its first year, the "Meals On the Bus" summer meal plan has seen a positive response from community members participating.
"So far its been great, we have been pleasantly surprised about the participation. We are just looking to reach out to the community more." Said Jill Sanders Food Service manager at Waco ISD.
The mobile feeding station has two buses that stops at five different locations each. On average, each bus feeds up to 90 children a day.
Brining mobile meals to children is meant to reach those who may not be able to get to a school site or community.
"Our hope is to increase our participants numbers so the program can grow." Said Sanders
The first bus starts at SJ Guthrie Park at 10:30 a.m. from there the bus moves to EOAC Waco Charter School, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Greater New Light Baptist Church and ends at the Waco Central Library.
The second bus route starts at the Waco Apartments, South Terrace Apartments, University Baptist Church, the Estella Maxey housing complex then finishes at East Waco Library.
Waco ISD decided on implementing the "Meals on the Bus" program after research showed the ISD has an 89 percent rate of free or reduced lunches and only 11 percent participating in the summer feeding program.
Anyone who would like more information can the Waco ISD website.