With summer just around the corner, the Wayne County Nutrition Department is busy getting
ready for the summer meals program that helps children keep from going hungry during the break when school is dismissed.
With that effort in mind, the school nutrition folks could not have been happier to receive
funding from the American Woodmark Foundation recently, to make some needed updates on their
mobile unit. The Foundation Team visited the school administration building to present a check to
School Nutrition Services Director Kathryn Tucker.
The funding will enable the district to update the air conditioning, the motor for the awning which will provide some shade and eventually they will add a window to the unit. These upgrades will be especially nice during the summer so
children can receive their lunches in the shade when temperatures escalate.
As always, the American Woodmark Team were very interested to learn more about the
summer Lunchbox Express mobile unit and how the meals are served to local children. This summer
there will be four different sites off campus (Memorial Park, Aspire Center and two housing complexes) where the Lunchbox Express will travel to on a daily basis.
“A lot of our students cannot come to us, so we go to them” during June and July, explained
The re-purposed mobile unit was designed over five years ago, enabling the program to have a
more efficient way to deliver summer meals. It has been a wonderful upgrade to the summer feeding
program and these new enhancements will make it even better.
Summer Feeding Program Manager Rebecca Crabtree said they feed close to 100 children a day
during their Monday through Thursday routes. “We are glad we can come out and help. It is very
rewarding,” she said.
(L-R) Front row: Rebecca Crabtree, Ashley Rogers, Kathryn Tucker, and Jerry Starnes
Back row: Helen Dalton, Jason Black, Samantha Brantley, Tate Cook, Larry Hensley, Jerry Kennedy, Marty Hussher, and Casey Holt
Wayne County Food Nutrition Director Kathryn Tucker with American Woodmark Foundation Chairman Jerry Starnes