Mass. DESE, USDA partner with UMass Dining to serve free, healthy meals

Hampshire County
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The Massachusetts DESE and the USDA has partnered with UMass Dining’s BabyBerk food truck to serve free, healthy meals to children and teens in the Amherst this summer.

According to Associate Director of UMass News and Media Relations Daniel Fitzgibbons, the Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded, state-administered program.

Fitzgibbons said the USDA provides funding and develops program regulations while the Massachusetts DESE monitors and trains partners to process and administer the program on-site.

The food truck will deliver food on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between June 25 and August 10.

The BabyBerk food truck hopes to serve 560 kids each day across eight different locations.

The food truck will stop at the following locations at the following times: 

  • Rolling Green,1 Rolling Green Drive: 10:30-10:45 a.m.

  • Colonial Village,  81 Belchertown Road: 11-11:20 a.m.

  • Butternut Farms, 12 Longmeadow Drive: 11:40-11:50 a.m.

  • South Point, 266 E. Hadley Street: 12:10-12:35 p.m.

  • Village Park, 497 E. Pleasant Street: 1-1:30 p.m.

  • Olympia Oaks, 85 Olympia Road: 1:55- 2:05 p.m.

  • North Village, 990 N. Pleasant Street: 2:20-2:45 p.m.

  • Mill River Rec. Area, 95 Montague Road: 3:10-3:30 p.m.

The food distribution locations were selected in advance using census data of children who are at-risk for hunger.

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