October 9, 2019 – Thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Martin, the Goochland Education Foundation was a major contributor to the creation of a Food Truck to serve lunches during the summer to the county’s underserved students.
The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program, which provides kids and teens in low-income areas free meals when school is out.
The school district used an extra school bus and through donated funds and in-kind support high school students worked and learned alongside professionals in various technical fields to retrofit the bus as food truck.
Once completed, the school district held a “Name the Food Truck” contest. One winner was chosen from each school, receiving a $10 gift card. The school district chose the winner from the five finalists, with a $50 gift card as the grand prize. All gift cards were donated by a local business. The winning name chosen is “Sunshine Bus”.
The Martin’s and the GEF support this project because it serves our students on many levels – it promotes teaching real life critical STEM skills as well as 21st century skills such as creativity, innovation, collaboration and civic literacy while meeting a real need in our community.
This first summer of 2019, over 1,000 meals were served to our children and teens between June 10th and August 2nd.