Members of the New England dairy community have teamed up with Worcester Public Schools and the New England Patriots to feed local families in need.
The Meals and Milk Food Truck Festival took place on Thursday May 21st to provide free meals and free milk to local families at a safe distance. Food trucks followed the school's meals routes beginning at 9:00 a.m. to distribute school breakfast and lunch, a food box full of groceries with a week’s worth of food for one family, and a gallon of milk to each family. The food boxes are supplied by the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation and are being donated by New England Patriots defensive star Lawrence Guy and his wife Andrea, while the gallons of milk are being donated by dairy cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America.
The festival is a fun and safe way to provide meals to families while maintaining social distancing. The goal of the Meals and Milk Food Truck Festival is to make more local families aware of their access to nutritious meals through Worcester Public Schools.
The Worcester Public Schools Mobile Meal Program has been delivering free breakfast and lunch to students during COVID-19 school closures. According to Feeding America, in Massachusetts, 616,090 people are struggling with hunger - and 159,950 of them are children. That’s 1 in 9 kids struggling with hunger.
The Meals and Milk Food Truck Festival kicked off Worcester’s new summer meal schedule commencing June 1st, which will include the addition of supper and ready-to-heat entrees.