It is this marker of rural poverty—lack of or limited transportation—that led George Wood, the district’s superintendent, to conceive of the food bus model three years ago. Food pantries serve as a lifeline to many of the families. But they haven’t always been easy to access. “Many people don’t have working cars and there’s no mass transit here,” says Wood.

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