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UPDATE: W.Va. Passes School Lunch Bill

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 4/12/13 @ 11:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- After a fiery floor debate, West Virginia has passed a bill to try and ensure that no child is denied breakfast or lunch at school because of cost.

The House of Delegates voted 89-9 to pass the West Virginia Feed to Achieve Act Friday.

The bill requires all schools to try to maximize school meal participation in order to take greater advantage of federal money for meals.

It also sets up foundations in every county that are to collect private donations to fund expanded meal programs.

Del. Ray Canterbury said there was no such thing as a free lunch and perhaps children should work for their meals.

That provoked impassioned criticism from other lawmakers who said that the very least government can do is feed children.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/27/13
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Senate introduced an ambitious plan to give free school breakfasts and lunches to every child in the state, from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The bill announced Wednesday would fund the expanded lunch programs through private donations and grants. The Department of Education and every county board of education would establish nonprofit funds to collect contributions.

Language in the bill stipulates that every dollar in contributions must be used to buy food and cannot be used for administrative purposes.

The bill also requires all schools to adopt better systems for providing breakfast. Often in the rush and chaos of the morning, students don't have time to eat school provided breakfast before class starts. The bill recommends allowing students to eat breakfast in the classroom or after first period.


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