Healthy Ever After Access to Healthy Food

One district is combatting summer hunger by going on the road. Find out how.

The final numbers for 2016 are still being calculated, but — with four buses on the road now, new stops on the mobile meal routes to serve USDA Multi-Family Housing, and a partnership with the Rowan Public Library to distribute both food and books — they have already exceeded the numbers served for last year.

Up until the very end of the summer meals program, the Child Nutrition Program continued to innovate, including a partnership with the Salisbury-Rowan Farmers Market and Bread Riot to distribute 300 pounds of produce to families on the final day of the mobile meal delivery. Honeycutt noted, “This produce could possibly help these families make it until school starts to help feed their children. I’ve never seen children so excited over tomatoes and cucumbers!”

They hope to continue the partnership next summer with weekly produce delivery if they can gain additional financial support for the program.

The spirit of Honeycutt and her colleagues is infectious for all of us who have met them. They exhibit the “can do” spirit that is needed to face down the very real challenges of feeding hungry students over the course of the summer.

When I am asked to share lessons that I have learned through the work of EdNC, I always tell folks that despite all of our challenges as a state, we have the solutions within us. People across the state are doing remarkable work to find a better way forward for our students, and as a state, we must challenge ourselves to build the public will and support for changemakers like Meredith Honeycutt and everyone within the Rowan-Salisbury Child Nutrition Program so that their solutions can scale.

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Healthy Ever After Access to Healthy Food

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Nation Hahn is the Chief Growth Officer for EdNC. Nation also serves his community through the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, named after his beloved wife, and a variety of other board roles focused on food-related issues, poverty, and education.… Read full bio »