HUGHES AND COLEMAN HOMETOWN HERO: Kristy Hodges

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LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (WBKO) -- As Food Service Director for Grayson County Schools, Kristy Hodges can't deny the community's overwhelming need for summer lunch programs.

"It has been a very eye-opening experience for us. We knew that there was a need, we didn't understand how great that need was," she explains.

After attending a summer feeding training, Hodges knew she wanted to take their summer food program mobile. That was two years ago, and now Hodges and a team of volunteers have spent their summer vacation delivering "Meals on the Bus" to 600 kids a day, Monday through Friday.

"All in all, we have just really connected with all the children that you wouldn't normally connect with," says Stacy Smallwood, the Grayson County High School Assistant Manager.

After speaking with Madison Peters, we learned that the menu was very much kid approved.

"We had a lunchable, we had pizza," she listed.

At another stop, Jimmy Houchin picks up several bags of food and then takes it to children in a neighborhood that the bus route doesn't go through.

"I have ten grandkids and three or four neighbor's kids that I picked it up for."

Her coworkers give Hodges all the credit for creating and growing Meals on the Bus.

"Without her this program wouldn't be possible," says Smallwood. "We wouldn't be reaching all these children, and feeding all these children, just able to give back to the community."

"The most rewarding part is when the kids get really excited when they get on the bus and they're jumping up and down when you pull up for the stop. That's the best part of it, and that's what makes it worth doing," smiles Hodges.

"I want to say thank you for giving us food, and stuff," says Peters.

For helping provide for the children of Grayson County, we honor Kristy Hodges as our Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero.