School district food truck leaves kids with full bellies this summer

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The Rapid City Area School District's mobile food truck finished its first summer with a bang.

The food truck debuted for the first time on June 21st ultimately serving more than 1,800 free meals to children at three different sites.

The district's nutrition services assistant manager says they wanted to feed as many people as possible because kids with full tummies have better chances at excelling in the classroom.

She adds that this summer's program was a soft launch for the food truck, but they had a very large learning curve.

Krista Leischner, RCAS Nutrition Services, says, "We had no idea how to run a food truck so that in it of itself was an experience. One thing that we took away is we became very efficient at setting things up. Taking them down. We might be able to increase our mobile feeding sites from three sties to four sites next summer just based on the fact that we're more efficient and we know how things run after this summer."

The RCAS food truck program will continue into the school year serving students at Rapid City High School on Mondays, Central on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Stevens on Wednesdays and Fridays.