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7-day meal program for Jefferson County Schools’ students

Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 2:42 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CO., Ala. (WBRC) - Students in the Jefferson County School District will have access to meals seven days a week.

Every Friday, students are given breakfast and lunch for both Saturday and Sunday. The meals are available to any JEFCOED student and are part of the child nutrition department’s 7-Day Meal Program.

“We have a lot of parents that work and may not be able to come home and prepare their children’s meals.  So many of our meals are shelf-stable or very easy for the child to prepare themselves,” said Amanda Bridges-Dunn, Child Nutrition Program Supervisor.

The program started as a pilot at just a few schools, but it has expanded systemwide based on the need and positive feedback.

“Parents were like, ‘hey thank you we appreciate that!’ And so we said, ‘You know what? Let’s do weekend meals for everybody.’ Let’s just see if we can go ahead and pack up meals for Saturday and Sunday and just send them home with every child in Jefferson County that will take one,” said Bridges-Dunn.

Traditional students will receive meals at their school Friday afternoon. Remote students can pick up the meals on Friday during carline pickup or bus stop drop off.

The program will continue through the end of the school year.

Plans for summer meal service will be announced at a later date.

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