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Local School Officials Support Bill Giving Every Child Free Lunches
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 28, 2013 @ 7:28PM
Created on March 28, 2013 @ 6:27PM
A bill that would give a free school lunch to every kid in the Mountain State is getting support from school officials.
On Wednesday the Feed to Achieve Act was introduced in the Senate. It would fund the expanded lunch programs through private donations and grants.
The Department of Education and county school boards would be in charge of establishing nonprofit funds to collect contributions. All that money would have to be used to buy food and not for administrative purposes.
The West Virginia Feed to Achieve Act also calls for schools to find a better way to provide breakfast.
Doctor Larry Parsons, the Superintendent in Preston County, said he likes the idea behind the bill. That's because he told 5 News there have been studies done that show students do better on school on full stomachs.
Parsons mentioned that kids shouldn't be denied a meal based on what their parents make.
"Children don't make money," Parsons said. "They're effected by whatever their parents decide in terms of them getting a meal at school and have it being paid for."
Something similar to this is already happening in Randolph County. The school system has implemented a book bag program. Food is donated by folks in the community and is then sent home with children on Friday to help feed them through the weekend.

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Mar 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM
WV has got to vote these bleeding heart liberals out of office. They are doing their best to destroy what's left of this state not to mention the entire nation. It's PARENTS responsibility to FEED, HOUSE and CARE for their own children. It's NOT mine nor any other persons responsibility! Our ignorant politicians keep telling us how much in DEBT we are and how BAD the Economy is..........and THIS is their answer?????

I PROMISE you next election...I will NOT make the same mistake from last election. I will NOT vote for one single progressive democrat OR progressive republican or independent. I suggest everyone keep these things in mind next election. You just KNOW we will be TAXED again to pay for this monstrosity BAD LEGISLATION, compliments of bleeding heart liberals who refuse to force ADULTS to take responsibility in anything!
Mar 29, 2013 at 6:16 AM
Its kinda like when I got out of high school and was applying for financial aid at college. The amount I qualified for was based on my parents income, which was totally irrelevant since I was the one picking up the tab. On another note, I think we should buy all their clothes too, because "Children don't make money" . With these notions we are doomed. This idea is terrible and will just add one more thing to the "I'm entitled to " list. What happened to a child being a parents responsibility ?
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