The Massachusetts DESE and the USDA have partnered with UMass Dining’s BabyBerk food truck to serve free, healthy meals to children and teens in the Amherst this summer.
The Summer Food Service Program is a federally funded, state-administered program.
Parents who have difficulty making ends meet are grateful for the food deliveries.
“It’s a blessing, a lot of parents don’t have this opportunity, it’s really nice,” Lisa Lopez, a mother of three, said.
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.
On Monday, the children received a turkey sandwich, a salad, milk, and dessert.
Umass dining employee Bob B’Shara can’t help getting emotional.
“Just to see them smile, it makes everything worthwhile,” B’Shara said. “Putting it in perspective, making people happy people here are appreciative, it makes you enjoy what you do.”
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.