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Muscogee Co. program expands to allow free lunch for students

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With schools back in session in Muscogee County, a program called the Community Eligibility Provision is expanding across the district.

This means that all students at dozens of Muscogee County schools will get  free breakfast and lunch no matter their income level.

The schools now on the list were added to a list of 26 other schools in the district that fall into a U.S.D.A program which allows all children at certain schools to eat for free.

Nutritional experts with Muscogee County Schools say this keeps students in need from being singled out.

“A lot of times we have kids that might not come through the line to eat because they don't want their peers to know they might be a free child or reduced child, so everybody will be on the same level now and so we're seeing a lot of positive feedback because of it," said Susan Schlader, the Muscogee Director of School Nutrition.

To qualify, the school must have at least 40 percent of its student body on food stamps, homeless, a foster child, or on temporary assistance from the government.

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