Providing healthy meals is another facet of Middletown City School District’s focus on overall student and family wellness. In order to provide healthy meals to students outside of the school day, we have created the Middie Meal Machine, a district food truck that delivers healthy meals. The truck is currently in production, but we’re already creating buzz about it in the community and expect that it will be ready in the spring of 2019. The Middie Meal Machine will engage students outside the classroom and allow us to interact with our families beyond the walls of our schools.
In the fall of 2018, we completed the design process for the Middie Meal Machine. The Middie Meal Machine is designed not only to deliver healthy meals to students across our community, but to provide access to educational materials relating to healthy eating habits. Knowing the Middie Meal Machine’s internal capacity is estimated to be 200–250 meals, our goal is to establish baseline capacity metrics in the first year of operation. We are exploring a variety of funding sources to support the need for ongoing inventory and supplies.
The Middie Meal Machine, which costs $225,000 to develop, is our way of investing in the overall wellness of our students through a commitment to healthy eating. The truck will also allow the curriculum department to provide literacy and STEAM activities with the food delivery. Stay tuned for more updates!