Columbia County School System starts new summer meal program for students

COLUMBIA COUNTY SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM
COLUMBIA COUNTY SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM

COLUMBIA COUNTY, GA. – Eating lunch every day is something many of us take for granted. But did you know that for hundreds of kids in Columbia County schools, lunch is their best chance for a nutritious meal?

Columbia County school board members unanimously approved a new summer meal program for students at four different area schools this year.

It’s not just students who will be able to benefit from these lunches.

One by one, Baker Place Elementary School students grab their lunch for the day.

For a lot of students within the Columbia County School System, it could be their only meal of the day.

Now, Dr. Jane Wiggins with the School Nutrition Department says they’ve just approved a new summer meal program that could change that.

“It’s actually an extension of the National School lunch program and we can extend it into the summer. And we will extend it six weeks at four sites,” said Wiggins.

Trays of food will be dished out at Lakesdie High, South Columbia, North Harlem and Grovetown Elementary with no questions asked.

“Anyone who is 18 or younger is more than welcome to come to any of those sites. There are no questions about where did you come from, or which school you’re at,” said Wiggins.

The lunches are free for most and it’s not just limited to students.

“You can go to any of those four schools and eat lunch for free. If adults would like to buy a lunch it is up to $3.75 for the adult price,” said Wiggins.

It’s government funded program, offering up a healthy meal to those who need it.

“It’s almost like, why wouldn’t we do it. It’s just so much a part of what we do to provide good nutrition for all the students in Columbia County,” said Wiggins.

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