CHARLESTON (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.