HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Hillsborough County school buses have delivered meals to neighborhoods around the country this summer. Students may be on break, but the buses are logging plenty of miles.
“I definitely see a need. There are kids waiting for us. They stand in line and they see the bus and they are super excited and they thank us and take their meals or sit down when we have our other bus,” said Noemi Medrano, who drives the bus and delivers meals during the summer.
During the school year she works as a cook.
The school buses are equipped with tables and seats so students can beat the heat while enjoying breakfast and lunch.
“It’s extremely hot out here as you can see, and a lot of our families may or may not have air conditioning so it’s a treat for the kids to be able to eat their meals and get out of the heat in the summer when they are outside playing and eat their meal in air conditioning,'” said Lori Brannon, with Hillsborough County’s student nutrition services.
The meals help parents make sure their children are fed throughout summer break.
“Right now the only thing I have to do is wake up and get him breakfast while my wife is at work. It’s saving me a dollar in my pocket also, so it’s like a wonderful thing,” said Da’Quan Moody who brought his son to the bus for lunch.
“It helps keep food in the house. I tell you that because in the summer they want to eat everything, and you are left with nothing (to eat) really fast,” parent Cadori Bellamy said.
The bus makes six stops a day, delivering more than 200 free meals to children throughout Plant City. Contact Hillsborough County Schools to find out the closest delivery spot in your area.