First Student Donates School Bus for Summer Meals Program

To help feed those who are frequently without food, First Student has donated a school bus to deliver meals to thousands of children in New Haven, Connecticut.

First Student Area General Manager Lucille Ayotte saw that as the school year ended, “hunger is an issue for many (New Haven Public Schools) students.”

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According to the district, a majority of NHPS students qualify for free or reduced price school meals. To help students who go hungry throughout the summer months, the district started a program that delivers free, nutritious food.

However, a key obstacle for the students participating in the program is that many are unable to travel to the meal sites, which is why First Student’s contribution is so vital. 

“Because of this donation from First Student, we hope to reach more children this year. We can use the bus to deliver meals to parks, playgrounds and other locations where families gather,” said Gail Sharry, food services director for NHPS.

The school bus will distribute roughly 1,000 meals to children at more than 90 locations this summer. The program runs through Aug. 26.

“We are proud to support the district by playing a role in providing children in our community access to healthy meals when school is not in session,” Ayotte said.