The school board approved a plan for after-school meals, snack and supper, as a pilot program during their meeting tonight.
Starting with Butler High School, right after spring break, a snack program will start. Butler will remain the production site with at least 6 other elementary schools coming on board in the fall with full supper meals, which include: Meadowbrook, Wheeless Road, Hornsby, Glenn Hills Elementary, Terrace Manor and possibly National Hills.
"When they leave school after the day, they haven't eaten for 4-5 hours, so it's hard for them to really concentrate on their academic studies, so this will definitely improve their academic success," Patricia Jenkins said, the program director and Nutrition Education Specialist with Richmond County Schools.
The program is meant for children with after-school activities and children will be put on a list identifying them for the program. The funding for the program will come from a grant from Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
The district already offers free breakfast and lunch to every student.