Children (and adults) came from all parts of the district to feast on breakfast and lunch during Indianapolis Public Schools’ Spring Break Meal Program, which ran March 25-April 5.


Meals were served at 19 sites, including IPS schools, satellite locations and from the Bus Stop Café — the district’s popular food bus. Some sites served both breakfast and lunch, while others served lunch only.


During this year’s spring break, 5,601 meals were served. That number includes 1,658 meals from the Bus Stop Café, an increase of 1,011 meals from spring break 2018.


The IPS Food Service Department also saw an increase in the number of meals served at the end of the first week of this year’s spring break meal service. Numbers were up 20 percent from the same time period last year.


“IPS served an average of 685 meals each day (by the end of Week 1),” said Dena Bond, director of the IPS Food Service Department. “The biggest increase came during breakfast, where more than 200 meals were served daily. That’s more than double the number served during the first week last year.”


While most meals were served inside IPS schools, the Bus Stop Café made stops at several community sites including the Haughville and Irvington public library branches, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and two stops at the Stratford Apartment Complex.


“I’m very pleased with the continued success of meals served to the community from our Bus Stop Café.  Almost 30-percent of the meals were served from the bus,” said Bond. “It reassures me of the need to take the meals to the children to meet their nutritional needs when school is out.”