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Four Schools Offer Free Meals

New this year, four Scott County schools will take extra measures to ensure students can focus on learning.  All students at Garth, Georgetown Middle, Scott County Preschool, and Southern will receive free breakfast and lunch meals thanks to an approved Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) from the United States Department of Agriculture.  Garth, GMS, and Southern will also offer free dinner meals to students. 

The Scott County Schools Department of Nutrition meets high nutrition standards providing quality meals to students in Scott County each day.  School meals offer plentiful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins using only the best ingredients. 

There is a link between proper nutrition, academic achievement, and positive behavior.  Georgetown Middle School Nutrition Manager Lori Knight knows this program will benefit her students. “I can’t tell you how proud we are to be able to offer this to our kids.  This will make a huge difference for families,” Knight commented. 

Introducing a program of this magnitude is not easy and there are still some details to work through.  “Knowing that this is what’s best for kids gives me confidence that we will get all of the support and cooperation we need to make this program a success,” commented Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub.  Nutrition Director Mitzi Marshall has been closely reviewing district data and hopes to expand the program to other schools in the future.  

As for students, we value their input and hope they will choose to eat breakfast and lunch at school.  Cooper Anderson, a fifth grade student at Southern Elementary School, loves his school cafeteria, “My favorites are chocolate muffins at breakfast and popcorn chicken at lunch.”

Parents can view the menu and nutritional guidelines for school breakfast and lunch meals by downloading the Meal Viewer To Go app or CLICK HERE to view from the Scott County Schools webpage.  For more information, contact Mitzi Marshall, Director of Nutrition, at (502) 570-3035 or mitzi.marshall@scott.kyschools.us.

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