NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — On some days this summer, this food truck has provided as many as 6,000 local children with free meals.
Today, we found it at the Galvin Playground Sprinkler where Loretta Carneiro’s three daughters were making the most of it. “The food is great, it’s nutritious. They eat it well, they play here, have fun here, I enjoy coming here with the kids,” she said.
Today the city is driving home the point that the food truck will continue to stop at locations around New Haven through Aug. 22. New Haven School Supt. Garth Harries said, “Two weeks before we go back to school we want to make sure kids keep eating nutritious meals, keep reading to be ready for school, keep learning and keep rising.”
The truck was provided by the United Way three years ago.
Mayor Toni Harp says it’s critical to eliminating what she calls the food “deserts” in the city where fresh produce is hard to come by. “To say that food distribution in cities like New Haven is a pressing issue is a gross understatement. In some of our neighborhoods as many as 40 percent of children are hungry,” she said.
Anyone younger than 18 can get healthy meals from the truck for free.
It’s a win-win for the kids and their parents. Student Destiny Carneiro said, “It helps out my mom, not to cook at lunchtime. It saves her to have a little break.”
The city also announced today that four new locations are being added for the remainder of the summer: Fair Haven School, Wexler-Grant School, Lincoln Bassett school and the Brennan-Rogers school.