Florence City Schools purchases food truck

Tara Talmage, director of the Florence City Schools child nutrition program, stands Thursday outside the new Falcon Feeder food truck.

FLORENCE – A truck rolled into town Thursday with the purpose of making sure meals are provided for Florence City Schools students and other children.
The Falcon Feeder food truck will enable the school system to provide breakfast and lunch for students even when school is out for the summer and for reasons such as a snow day.
It was the brainchild of Tara Talmage, director of the school system’s child nutrition program. She had noticed there was a disconnect between some students seeking meals and the school system’s ability to provide them.
Talmage also discovered a $100,000 grant offer from No Kid Hungry, so the school system applied for and received the grant. That went toward the $130,000 truck.
The 18-foot cabin contains commercial-grade coolers, warmers and a freezer. The truck is powered by
an onboard 12kW diesel generator.
The Falcon Feeder also could be used for other needs within the school system and community, including showcasing the Florence High School Culinary Department at area festivals and athletic events, school officials said. Additionally, the food truck can serve the community during natural disasters.