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Free Lunches for North Alabama Students

Jun 5, 2017

School may be out for kids in Alabama, but that doesn’t mean the lunchroom is closed.

The Alabama Food Bank Association is adding 14 new meal program sites across north Alabama to help feed students free or reduced priced meals. Students can eat breakfast, lunch, and even snacks in some locations. The program has expanded from just three sites back in 2014 to 31 sites in 11 counties across North Alabama.

Associated Press via Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa schools officials say they're going to use a grant of more than $93,000 to bring fresh produce to students at four elementary schools.

The district's nutrition director Kimberly Jackson tells the Tuscaloosa News officials are hoping the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will boost produce consumption at Holt, Maxwell, Matthews and Flatwoods elementary schools.

Jay Hare/Dothan Eagle

Dothan City Schools has rolled out an Internet-based system that allows parents to pay for their children's meals online.

   The district's child nutrition program director Tonya Grier told the Dothan Eagle ( ) the online system, which was launched this week, will make paying for school meals more convenient and will remind parents when meal accounts are running out of money.

   Grier says the system will also let parents know how often their child is eating at school.