Swartz Creek beefs up hunger fighting initiative with school bus food pantry

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SWARTZ CREEK (WJRT) - (04/18/19) - A local school district is using a decommissioned school bus to help fight hunger.

The food truck-esque endeavor will be called Dragon Diner. The process to turn the school bus into a mobile food pantry of sorts has already started. The seats have been removed and in the coming days the flooring will be replaced.

"One of the biggest obstacles that we've identified for our after school program and our summer program is the actual travel for students to come to our location," said Michael Wensel, child nutrition services director. "So we came up with the idea of bringing the food to the students."

Wensel says more than 50-percent of students in the Swartz Creek school district qualify for reduced and free meals.

The bus will get a fresh coat of paint in Swartz Creek colors.

Right now the district is working on getting a Twitter handle active and information up on the school's website so that you can follow the bus' location.

Another bonus is that it will be used during snow days.

"We have kids that are hungry during the summer when we don't have school going on, and they still need meals," Wensel said. "Same theory basically applies for snow days, when they're not coming into school. We have to assume in our food service that these are the only meals that these kids could potentially have the whole day, and so we try and pack as much into that and offer as many different opportunities for our students to be able to eat."

The plan is to have the bus up and operating by the Hometown Days parade at the end of May.

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