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Madison County Schools not offering Thanksgiving meals to community in 2021

"Our first priority must be to ensure that all students are fed."
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Posted at 12:28 PM, Nov 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-04 11:30:47-04

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Madison County School District announced on Facebook Wednesday that they would not host Thanksgiving lunches for the community in 2021.

The announcement comes as the district says there is a shortage of supplies and staff.

"Our first priority must be to ensure that all students are fed," said Madison County Schools. "We ask for your understanding and patience as we work through this difficult time."

Superintendent Shirley Joseph said their first obligation is to serve students and ensure they have supplies for them.

"Since we have such a large participation for real environment participation, when we do the Thanksgiving meal, that may cause a shortage on some of the supplies we need and another date, and we cannot guarantee when we will get those supplies in," said Joseph.

Students will still receive a Thanksgiving lunch, but they are unable to accommodate parents and community members, according to the district.

This is the second year the Madison County School District will not serve families in the community, with 2020's iteration being canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.

School officials are hoping to be back up and running in 2022 to feed everyone.