SOURCE: Chartwells School Dining Services

Chartwells School Dining Services

May 17, 2012 15:17 ET

Chartwells School Dining Services Partners With Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to Provide Free Lunches to Fayette County Children This Summer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - May 17, 2012) - For the first time ever, Fayette County children will receive free lunches this summer, donated by Gleaners Food Bank and Chartwells School Dining Services. The Spartan Summer Food Truck Program will begin on Monday, May 21st from 11 am - 1 pm at Connersville, Indiana's City Park. The summer feeding program will be available for any child in the Fayette County School system 18 years of age and under.

The Spartan Summer mobile pantry program will run through August 10th at eight locations. There will be a different menu daily, with both hot meals and grab-and-go lunches, featuring subs, wraps, salads, fruit, vegetables, juice and milk. The program is open to anyone in need of food assistance; and more information on the Spartan Summer Food Truck can be found at www.gleaners.org.

According to the Map the Meal Gap study conducted by Feeding America, 34.6% of children (about 1,990) in Fayette County are food insecure. Food insecurity refers to the lack of availability and access to food. Gleaners Food Bank and Chartwells developed this program believing that every child deserves to live in a hunger free community.

"Gleaners is proud to partner with Chartwells and the Fayette County School System to provide children with free lunches this summer," said Cindy Hubert, president and CEO of Gleaners. "Children deserve to have a full stomach and enjoy their summer when school is out and we want to help give them that opportunity."

"Fayette County Schools are so happy to have created this partnership with Gleaners Food Bank to provide a valuable service to the community," said Siobhan Carey, Chartwells Director of Dining Services Fayette County Schools. "We want to make sure that all children have access to food while school is out. We think they will be excited to see this bright truck bringing them lunch every day and it will also encourage them to go outside and play!"

About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group, provides dining services for over 550 public school districts and private schools, comprising over 6,000 separate elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit www.eatlearnlive.com.

About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc
On a yearly basis, over 160,000 food-insecure Hoosiers depend on food and other critical grocery products provided by Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana to hunger relief agencies throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana. Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. Since then, the food bank has distributed over 300 million pounds of food and critical grocery products to over 350 hunger relief agencies serving needy Hoosiers. In addition to food distribution to hunger relief agencies, Gleaners serves our most vulnerable populations, seniors and children, through specialty programs such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), BackSacks - Weekend Food for Kids, School-Based Food Pantries, and the Summer Feeding Program. In Gleaners' 21-county service area, more than 287,000 people live in poverty -- and 103,000 of them are children. To learn more, log onto www.gleaners.org.

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

It is the policy of the Indiana Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability, in its programs, activities, or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Laws (I.C. 22-9-1), Title VI and VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964), the Equal Pay Act of 1973, Title IX (Educational Amendments), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USCS 12101,et.seq.).

Inquiries regarding compliance by the Indiana Department of Education with Title IX and other civil rights laws may be directed to the Human Resources Director, Indiana Department of Education, 151 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204, or by telephone to 317-232-6610, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 111 North Canal Street, Suite 1053, Chicago, IL 60606-7204.

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