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As the on-going battle against COVID-19 continues, so does the effort to provide nutritious food to local residents, in particular local children, and as of Tuesday nearly 80,000 meals had been served.
The Grady County School System has distributed 79,244 meals to local children since March 17. The next round of distribution is scheduled for Thursday.
The school system also teamed up with the Grady County Help Agency and Second Harvest Food Bank for a food giveaway for local families to be held today, April 29, at Cairo High School and Washington Middle School.
The event was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and approximately 850 boxes of food were to be distributed to local residents who needed it.
Officials and local residents are awaiting Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision on whether or not to extend the shelter-in-place order or to allow it to expire on Thursday.
Regardless, Grady County school superintendent Dr. Kermit Gilliard has said that the system will continue to make meals available to local children through May and then the annual summer food program will begin and run until the anticipated start of the 2020-2021 school term in August.