A school district in Virginia purchased a food truck to make sure children are provided with lunches entirely free of charge over the summer.

A local CBS station reported that Danville Public Schools (DPS) spent $42,000 on the truck, which will provide children and teenagers up to 18 years of age with free lunches Monday through Thursday during the summer.


Adults reportedly can also purchase lunch from the truck for $3.65. Revenue from the effort will reportedly go toward the school system’s child nutrition budget.

"Food trucks are popular, right? I mean, in the bigger cities, they're popular. We're trying to bring that popularity to school nutrition as well," Phillip Gardner, who serves as director of child nutrition for DPS, told the station of the effort.

"So I challenged our guys and gals: Let's feed more kids this summer. And this addition right here, this will help it out," he continued.

According to the news station, the truck served almost 600 lunches in its first week of operation. The school system reportedly serves roughly 5,000 lunches to students each day during the school year. 

When discussing the new lunch initiative with the news outlet, DPS Superintendent Dr. Stanley Jones called the effort “the right thing to do.” 

“I mean, it’s just really a neat, innovative, agile way of meeting a need,” he said.

The report comes as lawmakers in a number of other states, including Minnesota and Rhode Island, have introduced measures in recent months aimed at putting an end to lunch shaming.