HCPS will use new Mobile Cafe to deliver meals during the summer

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Many students rely on school meals to provide them with good nutrition during the school year and that need doesn't go away during the summer.

Andrea Early, director of school nutrition with HCPS, explains the hot and cold storage units inside the Mobile Cafe.

In Harrisonburg, 71% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, according to the HCPS School Nutrition Program.

Andrea Early, the director of school nutrition with HCPS, said the program has been supplying meals to summer school locations for years, but this is the first time they'll be able to deliver lunches with their new Mobile Cafe.

"Sometimes transportation can be an issue," said Early. "So by creating a Mobile Cafe, that goes out to neighborhoods around the city, we're able to better meet the nutrition needs of our students."

The Mobile Cafe will visit four neighborhoods around Harrisonburg, including: Spotswood Trailer Park, Harris Gardens, Mosby Heights and Deer Run Apartments. The Mobile Cafe will run Monday through Friday from June 26 to Aug. 4.

Each location will also have activities for children to participate in after they eat lunch at the site.

Early said the Mobile Cafe will be put to use in a different way during the school year.

"When students are eating lunches and breakfast in our school cafeterias, we will be focusing on using the cafe for nutrition education purposes," said Early. "So it might be small group classes, some taste testing, health fairs, things like that."

For more information on the Harrisonburg City Public Schools Summer Meals Program, click here here.

You can also find additional information on your closest summer feeding sites by calling the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3HUNGRY, visiting www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or by texting FOOD to 877-877.