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Where Every Kid Needs Lunch, School Fights to Feed Them All


Jefferson County School District Department of Food Services staff member Raquel Mims-Cole, center, hands out several days of bagged lunches to a parent for his children on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 in Fayette, Miss. As one of the nation's most food insecure counties, free breakfast and lunches are provided to students at school and those at home "virtually learning." The meals may be the children's only means of daily sustenance. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) The Associated Press

FAYETTE, Miss. (AP) - Most mornings, children are waiting beside the road with arms outstretched by the time driver Brian Hall pulls up in the decades-old yellow school bus.

As he pulls away, the bus creaking along toward his next stop on winding dirt roads, they already are breaking the plastic open to begin eating the day's offerings: barbecue chicken, fish sticks or turkey tacos with cartons of milk and cans of juice.

"You can tell they need the food by the way they react to the deliveries," Hall said. "We don't know what they're getting at home."


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