Dothan City School taking meals to students this summer with mobile feeding bus

Published: Jun. 9, 2020 at 1:14 PM CDT
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Dothan City School bus 68 won’t be transporting kids to and from school.

Instead, it will be fueled up to fuel students over the summer.

Thanks to a partnership with The Wiregrass Foundation and a transformation done by Tri-State Collusion, it will be a mobile feeding bus with features such as a hot box and fridge to keep hot sandwiches and milk at appropriate temperatures.

“They built in a recess serving window and so it pops up just like a food truck would. The windows pop up and we’re able to serve from out of the side of the bus just like a regular food truck,” says Dothan City School child nutrition program director Tonya Grier.

While summer is just beginning, the goal to prepare students for the fall.

“I’m a former school teacher from years ago and I know firsthand and knew that if a child wasn’t fed if they weren’t physically ready to learn then they were never going to be able to get there mentally,” says The Wiregrass Foundation Executive Vice President Troy Fountain.

A summer feeding program was offered in past years, but not all students have transportation to get to fixed sites when school is out.

The bus will help by delivering food to eight designated locations. The plan is to add to more sites in the future.

“This is our pilot and we didn’t want to put too many sites in and not be able to service them so we want to use this as our test see how it works see what we may need to tweak,” says Grier.

In the fall, an art competition will be held. The winning student’s design will be used to wrap the bus.

Students will also have an input on the name of the bus.

Kids 18 and under will be served meals.

They don’t have to be DCS students.