(October 17, 2017) – The final count is in and Indianapolis Public Schools served more meals this fall break than last year. The district served a total of 6,344 free meals to children over the past two weeks. That’s about 1,440 more meals than were served in 2016, and more than a 29 percent increase overall.
IPS’ friendly Food Service staff served free breakfast and lunch at nearly 25 locations from October 2 through October 13. This year, the meal service received a special boost from IPS’ new Bus Stop Café food bus. Of the 6,344 meals served, the Bus Stop Café was responsible for serving 1,174 meals to students around the district.
“Our goal was to increase meal participation by expanding our community outreach, utilizing the bus. We selected an array of stops including an apartment complex, library and community center,” said IPS Food Service Director Dena Bond.
“The fact that we saw an almost 30 percent increase is fantastic. The success of our 2017 Fall Break Meal Progam supports our plan to expand the number of serving sites for the Bus Stop Café during future school breaks.”