By WVUA 23 Reporter Alessandra Pontbriand SUMMER F
By WVUA 23 Reporter Alessandra PontbriandSUMMER FEEDING PROGRAMTuscaloosa City Schools LocationsTuscaloosa County Schools LocationsWhile many educators take the summer off along with the children they instruct, many Tuscaloosa City and County school employees are using their summer making sure their students continue eating well.The systems launched their summer feeding program last week, offering students who can’t visit their schools for lunch a chance to have lunch come to them thanks to Tuscaloosa County’s food bus.Tuscaloosa County School System Director of Child Nutrition Donette Worthy said the food bus is an important addition for students in need.“This summer we are looking at possibly hitting over 15,000 students, as long as the weather cooperates with us with all of the rain,” Worthy said. “This impacts the community in such a positive way. We’ve had parents already come up to us, grandparents come up to us just hugging us and letting us know that this is really helping them, serving breakfast and lunch, it’s a way to help provide for their kids that we can help them and it takes a burden off of them.”The bus travels around the county Monday through Friday, offering free meals to children 18 or younger. Menu items include lunchtime staples like chicken sandwiches, pizza, hamburgers or hot dogs, but also fresh fruit and vegetables.The bus serves breakfast and lunch at eight rotating locations until July 20. Students can also get free food at 14 different schools around Tuscaloosa County and at 32 off-campus locations around Tuscaloosa.