The Stephens County School System is starting this school year with the inclusion of free breakfast and lunch for all elementary and middle school students.
The CEO program, provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, will allow all middle and elementary school students, breakfast and lunch, free of charge.
The new program will also make it so that those who have previously qualified for free and reduced lunches to bypass the hassle of any application process.
According to Stephens County School Nutrition Director Kim Caudell, the success of the CEO program relies heavily on the willingness of parents to participate by getting their children to eat in the lunchroom.
Caudell also says that students who bring their lunch are welcome to pick up any side items from the food provided.
School Superintendant Sherrie Whiten notes that the new program is a great opportunity for families with children in Stephens County. “We hope that parents will support us on this. We feel like it is a great opportunity not only for the kids, but for the families as well. We just hope that folks will take advantage of it. We are piloting this program this year and if folks take advantage we may continue after this year.”
All four elementary schools and the middle school have also been awarded a grant that provides funding for a daily fresh salad bar.
Caudell says that the let’s move, salad bars to school program along with the CEO program are setting the stage for an exciting and nutritious 2013-2014 school year.