school lunch programs

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.