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Local non-profit offering students transportation to lunch sites

Free ride service for students begin Wednesday
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Posted at 6:42 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 19:42:58-04

New Day Community Outreach, a local non-profit, will begin offering students in Lafayette transportation to the nearest drive-thru lunch site being offered.

The idea to get involved came when Executive Director Natasha Leday, realized not all kids would be able to take advantage of the free lunches the Lafayette School systems are providing.

“When I first heard about the lunches being served at the school, I said there’s still a part missing. What if a parent has no ride to get the school? What if a parent is still working," said Natasha Leday.

The organization worked Tuesday morning to sanitize the van and make sure that it was equipped to transport groups of 10-15 starting Wednesday.

"Right now, the energy is with the kids trying to get lunch," said Leday.

With Day one being a bit slow at some lunch sites, Lafayette Parish School officials believe traffic will pick up. Public Information Officer, Allison Dickerson says the non-profit's efforts would be a great assistance to neighborhoods in Lafayette.

“Community partners that are helping transport the children to these locations to make sure they can receive two meals, I think that is a wonderful thing," said Allison Dickerson.

Leday and her agency plan to continue this new ride service for as long as it's needed in Acadiana.

Anyone interested in signing up for the pick-up service can call 337-456-5804.