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Danville Public Schools uses food truck to serve students free meals

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DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Danville Public Schools is helping feed its students this summer with a food truck.

And the best part -- the meals are free.

Free meals have Danville students and their parents lining up.

"Their food is just so good," said Atasia Day, who stopped by with her family for a meal.

Phillip Gardner with Danville Public Schools says they wanted to try something creative this summer.

"We did some research and this thing is on the rise man, food trucks. Everybody loves them," Gardner said.

And so far it is a big hit.

"Our mama don't gotta cook," one student said.

"It's actually pretty good. We usually come here like every day," another student said.

Gardner said the truck started serving last week and they handed out around 600 meals.

"Some students don't really have food to eat or nothing and I think it's a good idea for that," Day said.

"I have four children in my home and so it really helps. It helps that grocery bill, said Amada Reaves, who brought her kids. "They are really good lunches and I think it's a really awesome program."

Adults can also eat for a bargain.

"For $3.65 and that is an awesome deal for what you get," Gardner said.

He said they get assistance from the government to purchase the meals and any money they make from selling meals goes toward buying more.

"Our goal is to feed our kids, so whatever we can do to increase that throughout the year, the summer, the school year, we're all for it," Gardner said.

For him, helping the community is all that matters.

"To see stuff like this. To see kids being fed man, that's gratifying every day," he said.

Parents are certainly appreciating it.

"I think it's a great program and I hope it continues each summer," Reaves said.

The food truck will be serving until August 2nd, so parents make sure you take advantage.

It's available Monday-Thursday from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at Ballou Park and from noon-1 PM at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School.

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