A mobile food program is bringing free meals to Alachua County students during summer months.
Through the Summer Break Spot Program, children 18 and younger can receive free breakfast and lunch provided by a food truck at various sites throughout the state.
Costing the school district $154,000 through the national school lunch program, Summer Break Spot is alleviating parental stress and ensuring students receive proper nutrients.
The food truck, On Point, already feeds about 40 students per stop in Alachua County.
Trineisha Vinson’s children are just some of the students who are fed through the program.
“During the school year, I don’t have to worry about breakfast and lunch, so when summer comes around, they are a lot more hungry,” Vinson said. “It’s kind of hard to try to feed them the three meals a day that they’re supposed to have on top of two snacks a day that they are supposed to have.”
The food truck offers students a variety of choices, ranging from chicken alfredo to cheeseburgers.
Eighth grader Autumn Valverde appreciates being able to choose.
“There are different options,” Valverde said. “They have the sides you can get with the salad or the fruit or the milk.”
Erica Banjanovic, a mother of two, is grateful for the program.
“With my situation, I don’t have enough to feed them during the whole summer, so this is very helpful for me,” Banjanovic said. “If they weren’t here, I wouldn’t know what to do.”