Redmond School District hosts summer meals kick off event

Redmond School District (RSD) will host a summer meals kick off event with a representative from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday, July 21, 2017.

The kick off will feature the school district’s tricycle food cart and Timothy T. Thole, Team Leader of Special Nutrition Programs for the USDA’s Western Regional Office, who will be on hand to address attendees.

The district’s summer meals program is part of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, which ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

Now in its second year of service, the meals on three wheels cart pedals around the Redmond area each summer providing free, nutritious lunches, RSD’s Director of Nutrition Services Keith Fiedler explained.

“The bike cart is a fun way to bring meals to kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend,” Fiedler said. “We purchased the cart using funds from a USDA grant and were able to retrofit the cart to serve 30-40 kids per day, five days a week.

This summer, the trike is making five 15-minute stops at area apartment complexes and the Cascade Swim Center.

The kick off is scheduled to run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Cascade Swim Center and will include lunch from the cart at 12 p.m., games, face painting, prizes and promotional/educational materials.