By Kara Duffy
July 17, 2013
Thomasville, GA - Kindergarten through eighth-graders in Thomas County and Thomasville will receive free breakfast and lunch everyday, starting this school year.
Georgia was one of four states to join the 'Community Eligibility Option Program', which is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed by President Obama back in 2010.
School officials say the program, which eliminates the application process associated with the meals, is a win-win for all.
"It's just a great program for everybody. It cuts back on our labor costs, on our paper costs and also not having to require late charges as well," said Katie Edison, the Thomas County Director of School Nutrition.
School officials say that Thomas County High School did not meet the criteria to qualify for the program, therefore those students must still fill out the applications to receive free or reduced lunches.
The 'Community Eligibility Option Program' will go nationwide the 2014-2015 school year.