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Increase in free or reduced-price lunch programs

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – With unemployment so high, more families are having a harder time keeping food on the table, and they're depending more on schools to help feed their kids.

In Dougherty County, the number of Economically Disadvantaged students, those who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, increased each of the last three years.

During the 2006-2007 school year, 76-percent of students in the system qualified. Last year, it topped 80-percent.

"It's an important enough issue that in our leadership retreat last week we devoted a day to learning about dealing with poverty situations, poverty families, and how that affects the learning process," said R.D. Harter, DCSS Public Information Director.

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