West Virginia leads in school breakfast program participation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- According to the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), West Virginia had the highest school breakfast participation for the fourth year in a row.

Officials say the state has exceeded the goal set by FRAC of reaching 70 low-income students with breakfast for every 100 who ate a school lunch during the last school year.

"West Virginia has successfully increased breakfast participation through implementing alternative strategies to breakfast service, including in-classroom service and offering breakfast at no cost," stated officials from the West Virginia Department of Education.

Officials say that during the 2016-2017 school year, 12.2 million low-income students participated in the national breakfast program. They say this number continues to increase year after year, but that the growth has slowed.

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