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JCPS Bus Stop Cafe feeds thousands this summer

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- School may be out, but one bus is still making several stops a day.  The bus is helping to feed thousands of JCPS students everyday.

It's called Bus Stop Cafe. Its purpose is to take healthy meals where student live, play and congregate this summer.  And it is probably one school bus that students look forward to boarding this summer.

"I thought it was a good opportunity for all of the kids to come out and eat free lunches," said Robin Meriwether, parent and student.

18-year old Meriwether has a one year old daughter and says JCPS' Bus Stop Cafe will ensure they both get healthy meals while school is out.

"Because sometimes I can't get her to eat - even when I'm eating, but when she sees all the other little kids eating, she's like 'well, hold on wait a second, I might want to do that too," said Meriwether.

The bus is equipped with a kitchen, milk cooler, tables and staff.  Julia Bauscher, with JCPS' SNA Leadership team explained, "There is so much need in our community, and we want to help families during the summer, help them provide nutritious meals to their students when school is out."

The bus travels and delivers food to children who are on free or reduced lunch during the school year.  "On average, we'll probably approach 5-thousand students per day, we'd really like to reach a lot more," said Bauscher.

There's a sparse crowd on the first day at this mobile home park in Fairdale, but that usually changes once people find out.

Bauscher said, "Once they find out, they are always standing in line...waiting for us to arrive. They become like family to the managers that are working here on the bus."

And to make sure everyone gets the word, the students who came get a little homework assignment.  "Absolutely, want 'em to spread the word. In fact, we want all children in the community to come out to one of our summer feeding sites," said Bauscher.

Robin Meriweather says that's an easy assignment.  "I'm going to knock on the door and tell everybody, 'look, the bus comes at 1:15, I'm going to post it on instagram and facebook and everybody's going to know."

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