28 Muscogee County schools to offer free meals to all of their students in pilot program

From staff reportsJuly 17, 2013 

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Collin Muelling, 15, a sophomore carries his lunch tray, with a baked potato and toppings he layered on it, at Mukwonago High School in Mukwonago, Wisconsin, September 17, 2012. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)

MICHAEL SEARS — MCT

Twenty-eight Muscogee County schools will offer free meals to all of their students -- without their parents or guardians having to fill out an application -- during the 2013-14 school year as part of a national pilot program.

The federal Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 includes the implementation of the Community Eligibility Option to ensure that every student in low-income neighborhoods can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program. A school qualifies if it has 53 percent or more of its students eligible for free meals.

"Participation in CEO can help eliminate the need for meal applications and help reduce administrative and printing costs," Valerie Fuller, the Muscogee County School District's communications director, said in a news release Wednesday. "Families also benefit from the elimination of completing and submitting meal applications at the eligible schools."

Parents or guardians of children who attend schools not on the eligible schools list will need to complete a free or reduced-price meal application before the school year starts to determine eligibility.

For more information, call the district's school nutrition office at 706-748-2386.ELIGIBLE SCHOOLS

The following Muscogee County schools will offer free meals to all of their students in 2013-14:

PRESCHOOL

Thirtieth Avenue

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Brewer Elementary

Cusseta Road Elementary

Davis Elementary

Dawson Elementary

Dimon Elementary

Downtown Elementary

Forrest Road Elementary

Fox Elementary

Georgetown Elementary

Hannan Elementary

Johnson Elementary

Key Elementary

Lonnie Jackson

MLK Elementary

Muscogee Elementary

Rigdon Road Elementary

South Columbus Elem.

St. Marys Elementary

Wesley Heights Elementary

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Baker Middle School

East Columbus Middle

Eddy Middle

Edgewood Middle

Rothschild

HIGH SCHOOLS

Carver High

Jordan High

Kendrick High

Spencer High

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