More W.Va. students to get free meals

More West Virginia public school
students will be allowed to eat breakfast and lunch at school for
free beginning in the fall.

In this Jan. 18, 2012 photo, Alexes Garcia makes cinnamon rolls for student's lunch in the kitchen at Kepner Middle School in Denver. The rolls are made using apple sauce instead of trans fats. Junk food in school cafeterias has been under attack for years. Now Colorado is considering the nation's toughest ban on unhealthy fats in school foods, a ban that could endanger pizza, french fries and other childhood favorites. A bill pending in the state Legislature would make margarine, vegetable shortening and other traditional trans fats off-limits. The ban would apply to school lunches, school breakfasts, a la carte side items and vending machines. Schools could still serve fried foods, but not using traditional oils containing artery-clogging trans fats. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More West Virginia public school
students will be allowed to eat breakfast and lunch at school for
free beginning in the fall.
State education officials say West Virginia is one of only four
states to be selected to participate in the Community Eligibility
Option for the coming school year.
Under this program, if at least 40 percent of a school's
students qualify for free meals, the entire school can participate.
At least 293 schools in West Virginia already qualify, which means
thousands more children will get free meals every day.
West Virginia currently has a pilot program providing free meals
for all students in Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Lincoln, Mason,
McDowell and Mingo counties.


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