Local School Officials Support Bill Giving Every Child Free Lunches
Written by Andrew Forgotch
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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