Chartwells School Dining Services Partners with Gleaners Food Bank of
Indiana to Re-Launch the Spartan Summer Food Truck Program
Children in Fayette County to Receive Free, Healthy Lunches Throughout the
INDIANAPOLIS -- May 21, 2013
According to the Map the Meal Gap study conducted by Feeding America, 28.2
percent of children (about 1,620) in Fayette County are food insecure --
lacking the availability and access to food. For the second consecutive year,
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and Chartwells School Dining Services are
teaming up to launch the Spartan Summer Food Truck Program in an effort to
provide quality meals to the youth of Fayette County during the summer months
when they no longer have access to school meals.
The Spartan Summer Food Truck Program will kick off on May 23, 2013 with a
mobile pantry event where community members in need of food assistance can
receive grocery items at no cost. The launch event will take place at Roberts
Park from 3 – 5 pm. After this, the Spartan Summer Food truck will make six
daily stops, Monday – Friday, through August 2, 2013, at the following times
and locations in and around Fayette County:
*The Haven @ Industrial Park
1220 N. Illinois Ave.
1:30 – 2 pm
2900 N. Park Road
3 – 3:30 pm
S. Co Rd. 350 West off of 44E
3:35 – 3:50 pm
*Elephant Hill Mobile Home Park
1000 West 21^st St.
4 – 4:20 pm
*Frazee Community Center
901 Meyer Avenue
4:30 – 4:45 pm
*Pleasant View Apartments
32^nd St. & Virginia Avenue
5 – 5:20 pm
The Spartan Summer Food Truck will also serve meals at Greater Vision Church
(575 W. Co. Rd. 175 S) from 5:30 – 6 pm Mondays and Fridays.
With the support of the ConAgra Foods Foundation Hunger-free Summer Grant, the
Gleaners Summer Meals for Kids Program will provide all youth in the Fayette
County School System, 18 years of age and under, with a nutritious,
shelf-stable meal that can be taken home and eaten for lunch the following
day. Each day of the week, the food truck will feature a new menu item such as
wraps, salads, fruit, vegetables, juice, yogurt, milk and more.
Any child who attends a Spartan Summer Food Truck site 10 times will receive a
special prize to reward their participation in the program.
"Gleaners is proud to partner with Chartwells and the Fayette County School
System again this year to provide children with free lunches this summer,"
said Cindy Hubert, president and CEO of Gleaners. "Children deserve to have a
full stomach and enjoy their summer when school is out and we want to help
give them that opportunity."
“Fayette County Schools is happy to have created this partnership with
Gleaners Food Bank to provide a valuable service to the community,” said
Siobhan Carey, Chartwells Director of Dining Services, Fayette County Schools.
“We want to make sure that all children have access to food while school is
out. We think they will be excited to see this bright truck bringing them
lunch every day and it will also encourage them to go outside and play!”
Fayette County residents can text ‘MealsIN’ to 877 877 to find the Spartan
Summer Food Truck site closest to them. More information can also be found at
www.gleaners.org, on its Facebook page, or by calling 2-1-1 Connect2Help.
For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit
www.eatlearnlive.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group, provides dining
services for over 550 public school districts and private schools, comprising
over 6000 separate elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more
information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit
About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc
On a yearly basis, over 160,000 food-insecure Hoosiers depend on food and
other critical grocery products provided by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to
hunger relief agencies throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern
Indiana. Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a member of Feeding America, the
nation’s food bank network. Since then, the food bank has distributed over 300
million pounds of food and critical grocery products to over 350 hunger relief
agencies serving needy Hoosiers. In addition to food distribution to hunger
relief agencies, Gleaners serves our most vulnerable populations, seniors and
children, through specialty programs such as the Commodity Supplemental Food
Program (CSFP), BackSacks – Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Food Pantries,
and the Summer Feeding Program. In Gleaners’ 21-county service area, more than
287,000 people live in poverty—and 103,000 of them are children. To learn
more, log onto www.gleaners.org.
Karen Dittrich, 914-935-5494
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