WILLIAMSON - Students in Mingo County schools will have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch at school at no cost. The county is participating in a program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
“We know that a child cannot focus on school work if they are hungry while in class,” said Chuck Heinlein, state superintendent of schools. “I applaud Mingo County Schools for deciding to participate in the CEP. It is a true benefit to our students and their families.”
Mingo County Schools expects to have all eleven schools participate in the CEP. The program allows the school system to feed nearly 4500 students each day.
“We are pleased to once again offer free and healthy meals to all students in Mingo County Schools,” said Dr. Rob Bobbera, superintendent of Mingo County Schools.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released data reporting high levels of food insecurity and hunger across the country. In West Virginia, nearly 14 percent of residents live in food insecure households and more than 88,500 children live below the poverty line.
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 second year for the option. The CEP is an alternative to collecting, approving and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible students in high poverty Local Education Agencies (LEA). If at least 40 percent of a school’s students are directly certified for free meal benefits, the entire school qualifies for the option.
For more information contact Kay Maynard at 304-235-7142.