Columbia Public Schools Team Up with United Way

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COLUMBIA - The Heart of Missouri United Way and Columbia Public Schools are joining forces to feed more elementary school students. The two groups have launched The United Way Lunch for Learning Program which is designed to raise money to help pay for students who struggle to pay for school lunches.

Teachers and faculty members approached the Director of Nutrition Services, Laina Fullum, and explained the need to feed students from low income families.  Fullum contacted the United Way for help and on Thursday the group handed Columbia Public Schools a $5,000 check. The money was donated by an anonymous board member from the United Way who also agreed to match any donations Columbia residents make to the cause. 

Fullum and school faculty members said for some kids, their school lunch is the only meal in their day. Columbia Public schools recently added free rice and beans to their Monday and Friday lunch menus. This program is an effort to feed more underserved children and increase all students' protein. The program is present in all elementary level schools and will soon reach the middle and secondary schools.