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Summer meals served by folks wearing badges

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BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

School is out, but kids in Bainbridge are still are able to get free lunch. Public Safety Officers spend their lunch hour every day serving more than 70 meals to kids in the community.

"Here in Decatur County, the school system feeds them three meals a day were just filling the void for Decatur county schools." said BPS Officer Kenneth Ellison

Bainbridge public safety partners with the Georgia department of education and the Georgia school nutrition program to serve lunches to any kid who walks through the gate.

It's a service that this group of volunteers is happy to offer. It is only the second day of the summer where kids are receiving these hot and healthy meals but this lunch time is becoming very popular.

"Well we have given out seventy five lunches yesterday, seventy five lunches today and we still have more kids to come we probably depend on maybe one hundred and fifty maybe. So we just have to order more lunches, " said Ellison

Officer Ellison is a part of the Kids and Kops program that started in Bainbridge just last fall.

The goal of the program is to build strong relationships between police and youth. With events like this lunch hour everyday, kids are able to sit down to eat lunch and get to know their public safety officers better.

"To fill the void of kids not wanting to call the police when something is actually wrong and let them know that we are their friends." said Ellison

Lunches will be served every day from 11:45 to 12:30 at the picnic tables outside the public safety headquarters. This program will last through July 12th. 


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