‘This is amazing’: 500 free lunches given out at school bus stops in Pittsburgh

Community members came together to get 500 meals handed out at bus stops for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in several locations around the city Friday.”This is amazing,” parent Amber Johnson said. “I’m so grateful that they at least can eat food while we’re out here still trying to get the kids to learn, and you all have food for us too. It’s wonderful.”The Latino Community Center teamed up with 412 Food Rescue and A+ Schools for this pilot run of a food distribution network. “We understood that although the school districts are giving out grab-and-go lunches, there are many students who are unable to easily get to the school,” said Jennifer Geiser, of the Latino Community Center. “Other places have done programs in which buses have been able to deliver substantial amounts of food to kids at bus stops, and we thought we’d give it a try.””We’re trying out here today to make that a little bit easier, putting it right on the bus route so folks can jump off the bus, come right outside, grab a quick lunch for the kids, not worry about having to go to a school,” said Graham Mulqueen, of A-Plus Schools.This story has a lot of superheroes — including Michael Keaton, the actor and Pittsburgh native, who Geiser said was able to donate for the food they provided.”He was very helpful, and we’re very grateful for him,” Geiser said.Their goal was not only to feed kids, but to get more people thinking about serving neighbors in need.”What we are hoping is to show other organizations that it is possible and this is a good idea for children in our area,” Geiser said.”Everybody’s in good spirits, everybody’s in the spirit of helping each other out. It’s a good thing to see,” Mulqueen said.More help is always needed. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver for 412 Food Rescue can download their Food Rescue Hero app.

Community members came together to get 500 meals handed out at bus stops for the Pittsburgh Public Schools in several locations around the city Friday.

“This is amazing,” parent Amber Johnson said. “I’m so grateful that they at least can eat food while we’re out here still trying to get the kids to learn, and you all have food for us too. It’s wonderful.”

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The Latino Community Center teamed up with 412 Food Rescue and A+ Schools for this pilot run of a food distribution network.

“We understood that although the school districts are giving out grab-and-go lunches, there are many students who are unable to easily get to the school,” said Jennifer Geiser, of the Latino Community Center. “Other places have done programs in which buses have been able to deliver substantial amounts of food to kids at bus stops, and we thought we’d give it a try.”

“We’re trying out here today to make that a little bit easier, putting it right on the bus route so folks can jump off the bus, come right outside, grab a quick lunch for the kids, not worry about having to go to a school,” said Graham Mulqueen, of A-Plus Schools.

This story has a lot of superheroes — including Michael Keaton, the actor and Pittsburgh native, who Geiser said was able to donate for the food they provided.

“He was very helpful, and we’re very grateful for him,” Geiser said.

Their goal was not only to feed kids, but to get more people thinking about serving neighbors in need.

“What we are hoping is to show other organizations that it is possible and this is a good idea for children in our area,” Geiser said.

“Everybody’s in good spirits, everybody’s in the spirit of helping each other out. It’s a good thing to see,” Mulqueen said.

More help is always needed. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver for 412 Food Rescue can download their Food Rescue Hero app.