The Riley Institute at Furman partnered with Greenville County Schools to release a food truck that will provide free meals to Greenville County students. The food truck was unveiled July 31 at an event at Travelers Rest United Methodist Church.
The food truck came to be through the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative program, where participants work in small groups to target issues in the community through service projects. In previous years, the DLI program worked on adding opportunities for play and exercise through the Mobi-Rec bus, which brings recreation to areas where services are unavailable.
This year, the Riley Fellows expanded Greenville County’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program by increasing the plan’s reach through the new food truck. The truck will bring meals to children unable to travel to Seamless Summer locations.
In the summer months, the food truck will provide nutritious, balanced meals to students under 18 in communities throughout Greenville County, including Berea and Travelers Rest. During the school year, it will host nutrition-related educational events, lunch gatherings, and fresh fruit and vegetable samplings.
“It is particularly important in the summer, by allowing us to bring not just the food, but everything they need to prepare and serve it directly to locations in the community,” said Dr. Burke Royster, Greenville County Schools superintendent.
Traci Hogan, the school district’s assistant superintendent for special education services, said the Riley Fellows knew GCS was the largest school district in the state, but they were unaware that more than half of the district’s students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Hogan said this new truck will eliminate the barrier of transportation by bringing the food to the children.