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Morgan County Schools provide free meals to students

Students in Morgan County will have the opportunity to eat a no-cost breakfast and lunch at school through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.

The CEP was enacted as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and provides universal meal service to children in high-poverty areas. This is the 12th year for the option.

The CEP serves as an alternative to collecting, approving and verifying household eligibility applications for free- and reduced-price eligible students in high-poverty Local Education Agencies (LEAs). If at least 40% of a school’ s student population is directly certified for free meal benefits, the entire school qualifies for the option.

Morgan County will continue to have all schools participating in the CEP. The program allows the school system to feed nearly 1,800 students free breakfast and lunch each day.

The 2017 Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap data reports high levels of food in- security and hunger across the country. In West Virginia, more than 14% of residents, and over 79,000 children, live in food insecure households.

For more information, contact Angela Beddow, Director of Child Nutrition and Wellness at 304-258-2430 x 2031.