What started in 2006 as a single mobile cafeteria serving only a handful of locations in Rogersville has expanded to four buses and reaches into Surgoinsville, Church Hill, Carters Valley and other areas including Morristown.
The program offers free lunches Monday through Friday to all children under the age of 18.
The Lunch Box operates four former school buses which have been transformed into mobile cafeterias, two of which are based in Rogersville and two in Church Hill.
Children who receive free and reduced lunches in school get a least one good meal per day on weekdays, but in the mid 2000s it became apparent that many of those children couldn’t count on receiving a good meal when school was out during the summer.
In 2006, former Lunch Box program director Kathy Doerr came up with the idea of transforming a decommissioned school bus into a mobile cafeteria.
Rogersville City School had a contest to name and design the first bus in 2006.
The following is the Lunch Box schedule:
Rogersville Bus 1 Route:
• Price’s MHP, 222 Choptack Road, 11–11:20 a.m.
• Arrowhead/Brown Drive, 2013 Brown Drive, 11:35-11:55 a.m.
• Terrace Apts., 801 W. Broadway, 12:10-12:30 p.m.
• Harmon Drive, Harmon Street, 12:45-1:05 p.m.
• Swift Park, Hasson Street, 1:15-1:25 p.m.
• Fugate Hill, 623 Watterson St., 1:35-1:55 p.m.
• Rogersville City Park at Pool Parking Lot, 331 Park Blvd., 2:05-2:35 p.m.
Rogersville Bus 2 Route
• Hawkins County Boys and Girls Club, 1604 E. Main St., 11 a.m.
• Stoney Point MHP, 2901 Main St., Surgoinsville, 11:20-11:40 a.m.
• Big Creek MHP, 207 Carters Valley Loop, 12:15-12:35 p.m.
• Carters Crossing MHP, 416 Carters Valley, 12:45-1:05 p.m.
• Rolling Hills MHP, 162 Shanks Gap Road, 1:15-1:35 p.m.
• Dylan Heights, 215 Stanley Valley Road, 1:50-2:10 p.m.
• Boys and Girls Club pick up, 2:20 p.m.
Shepherd’s Center, 306 E. Main St., 11 a.m. to noon
Rogersville City School, Ready Reading Program, 11:30 a.m. to noon
Church Hill Bus Route:
• Minors MHP, 150 Hoard Lane, 11:00–11:20 a.m.
• Hickory Hills Apartments, 370 Silver Lake Road, 11:35–11:55 a.m.
• Stroupe Court Apartments, Stroupe Court, 12:05–12:25 p.m.
• Cross Roads MHP, 233 Payne Ridge Road, 1:05–1:25 p.m.
• Hidden Acres, 5127 Carters Valley Road, 1:35–1:55 p.m.
• Rolling Hill MHP, 4733 Carters Valley Road, 2:05–2:25 p.m.
• Frosty Acres, 244 Shipley Road, 2:35–2:55 p.m.
First Freewill Baptist Church, 208 Maple Ave., 11 a.m. to noon
Church Hill City Pool, 424 Lane St., 1:00–1:30 pm
Breath of Life Ministry Day Camp, 4185 E. Andrew Johnson Hwy., 11 a.m. to noon
If you wish to support the Lunch Box program, you may drop off donations at Of One Accord, 306 E. Main St., Rogersville, TN 37857 or mail them to OOA Lunch Box, P. O. Box 207, Rogersville, TN 37857.