Harrisonburg's mobile cafe for kids adds winter break stops

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — The frigid weather on Wednesday morning did not deter dozens of kids from grabbing lunch at Harrisonburg's Mobile Cafe when it made stops in several neighborhoods.

The cafeteria on wheels is a project operated by Harrisonburg City Schools and provides lunches — free-of-charge — to children when school is not in session.

"When they see the bus coming, they get really excited," said Julie Conley, the cafeteria manager at Bluestone Elementary School. "It's just hard for some people and we're trying to get something extra for these children that might not have it."

Conley was one of a few employees who helped deliver food.

"I did not know how it was going to go, because it has been cold," she said. "But we've had really good numbers."

The Mobile Cafe first hit the road this past summer to serve more than 100 students. In October, the project received statewide recognition.

The bus also plans to make stops on Friday, December 29, at the following locations:

• Spotswood Mobile Home Park: 11:00-11:30 a.m.
• Harris Gardens: 11:45-12:15 p.m.
• Mosby Heights: 12:30-1:00 p.m.
• Deer Run: 1:15-1:45 p.m.