Published on August 4, 2016
The Republican Newspaper, Oakland, MD
A new mobile dining trailer is being used each day to offer meals to children at sites that have no sheltered eating areas. The Garrett County Public Schools Summer Food Service program introduced the trailer this summer.
The enclosed trailer has booth-type seating to make a small dining area where the children can come in out of the weather. To meet the Summer Food Service requirements, children must stay on site to eat their meals.
The trailer was purchased with funds from several benefactors, including a grant from No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength, donations from Hilltop Fruit Market and the Farmers' Market in Garrett County, and Johnnie’s Restaurant & Hotel Services in Chambersburg, Pa.
The trailer is averaging over 30 meals a day in its three stops, which are as follows: Liberty Mews in Oakland at 11 a.m.; then to the Crellin Methodist Church parking lot at 11:35 a.m., and then to the last stop at the Oakland town parking lot at 12:10 p.m. These three are among the total of 11 stops made across the county by the Summer Food Service program, which serves more than 210 children every day Monday through Friday. The program will be in operation through Aug. 24.
The sites are open to all children age 18 and younger, even if they are not from the area, a spokesperson noted.
"Keep an eye out for us this summer," a food service spokesperson said. "If you see the trailer going down the road, give us a wave or stop by and join us for a meal."
Persons may listen to WKHJ for the menus or see menus and locations at www.garrettcountyschools.org/summer-food-service. They may also call 301-334-7652 or 888-262-2792 for more information.