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First Student Donates School Bus for New Haven Public Schools Summer Meals Program
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First Student Donates School Bus for New Haven Public Schools Summer Meals Program

June 29, 2016

A school bus from the First Student fleet will deliver meals to thousands of children in New Haven, Conn. The company donated the bus to New Haven Public Schools to provide free, nutritious food to students throughout the summer months.&nbsnbsp;   

“As the school year ends, hunger is an issue for many students,” said First Student Area General Manager Lucille Ayotte. “We are proud to support the district by playing a role in providing children in our community access to healthy meals when school is not in session.”

New Haven Public Schools expects the First Student bus to deliver more than 1,000 meals to children every weekday through August 26.

“One of the biggest obstacles for students participating in the summer meals program is simply not being able to get to a participating site,” said Gail Sharry, food services director, New Haven Public Schools. “Because of this donation from First Student, we hope to reach more children this year. We can use the bus to deliver meals to parks, playgrounds and other locations where families gather.”

More than 75-percent of New Haven students qualify for free or reduced price school meals. The district will be distributing food at more than 90 locations this summer.

About First Student, Inc. As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes six million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, and charter services for 1,300 school district contracts. For more information, please visit