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DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

School is just a week away for Dougherty County students and this year, every student will get free lunches.

The school system approved the Community Eligibility Option.  That's a federal program that's part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  Because the system has such a high number of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  It qualifies for this program that will provide breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students.

"That's what we want to do is making sure we're being good stewards and we're upholding our part of the bargain and making sure we got healthy kids in Dougherty County," said Blaine Allen, the School Nutrition Interim Director.

This program will be in place for the next four years.  After that, the system can re-apply.  Georgia is one of 11 states selected to pilot this program.

 

 

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