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Bus drivers bring school meals to Utah's rural communities

Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 20:19:30-04

CACHE COUNTY, Utah — Schools in rural communities have been trying to find the best way to get their students school meals.

The Cache County School District reports giving out 25,000 meals each day — that includes both lunch and breakfast combined.

It’s all made possible by their bus drivers.

Kathy Reese, who’s been a bus driver in Cache County for 25 years, said it take her about an hour to an hour and a half to deliver all of the lunches.

“Sometimes we talk with the parents for just a minute,” said Reese. “See how they’re doing, if they’re holding up alright.”

Sometimes multiple houses are on the same road, and sometimes, Reese is driving miles to just one home.

Seeing the kids faces though — makes it all worth it.

“It’s good to see them,” said Reese. “In those 7 weeks, it feels like they’ve grown.”

Reese started driving the bus when her own children were in school.

Now, Reese is driving the same bus routes, delivering school meals to her grandkids.

“I think it’s exciting,” said Reese. “It gives them a touch of school.”

School meals are provided in 25 school locations in Cache County, just in case a student misses the bus driver.