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Parents satisfied after meeting over food concerns at Wayne County Head Start


More than a dozen parents came to a meeting Tuesday morning at Wayne County Head Start after allegations on social media Monday night of tainted food being served to students.

The meeting was closed to parents and school officials only.

After the meeting, parents who spoke to WTOC wouldn’t go into many details, but said they were satisfied with Head Start’s explanation.

“Those teachers and the rest of them love the kids too much to be serving them moldy food,” said Neiashia Lewis, parent.

Lewis said she volunteers here often and hasn’t seen any tainted food before.

“I didn't think much of this because I've been here frequently to volunteer and I've even had the chance to eat with the children,” said Lewis. 

Parents said the cooked meals come from an out of town vendor. If there had been problems, parents said they believe teachers and officials did their best to fix the situation.

“The school took the proper precautions to make sure the food didn't come in contact with the students,” said Tashia Mayes, parent.

“I'm satisfied. They've got good teachers and people here, so I'm satisfied,” said Lakecia Latson, parent.

The parents who talked with WTOC said they continue to trust the teachers and staff here at Head Start, but they'll also keep an eye out for a sign of any issues.

Tuesday afternoon, Coastal Health District released a statement regarding the food vendor who is based in Bryan County:

"The Wayne County Environmental Health Division in the Southeast Health District has been made aware of a story that aired on WTOC-TV about parental complaints regarding food served at the Wayne County Head Start in Jesup. The facility that provides the food for that particular Head Start program is based in Bryan County which is part of the Coastal Health District. The Bryan County Environmental Health Division is responsible
for inspecting the facility that provides food for Wayne County Head Start. The facility was inspected on September 11, 2015, and subsequently scored a 99.

To date, neither the Southeast Health District nor the Coastal Health District have received any official complaints regarding food served at the Wayne County Head Start."

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