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Shoals schools band together to save on nutrition costs

All eight districts have agreed to shop for food as one entity in order to save money and time. All eight districts have agreed to shop for food as one entity in order to save money and time.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

School districts in the Shoals are joining forces, creating a consortium to help benefit their child nutrition program.

All eight districts have agreed to shop for food as one entity in order to save money and time. School leaders hope to cut costs by submitting one large bid as a group.

They said saving money allows them to keep lunch prices low or at the same rate for students, and gives them more options when it comes to making repairs and changes with the nutrition program.

Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale County Schools will take part alongside Florence, Muscle Shoals, Russellville, Sheffield and Tuscumbia City Schools.

"Certainly it provides the opportunity for lower prices," said Florence City Schools Superintendent Dr. Janet Womack. "When you have a large group together, then the prices that come in are going to be lower, therefore saving each system more money in the child nutrition program."

The group bid is expected to open later this month for the upcoming school year.

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