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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 8:00am

Streamlining School Meal Assistance

Georgia will become one of 10 states to participate in a federal program aimed at improving the way students get free or reduced-price lunches at school.

At least two school districts in metro Atlanta — Clayton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools — have signed up so far for the Community Eligibility Option.

The program was part of the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Georgia was one of four states invited to join the growing program this upcoming school year before it goes nationwide in 2014-15.

The Community Eligibility Option program reduces the paperwork requirements associated with the meals, with the goal of streamlining the process.