Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 29, 2013 @ 6:29PM
Created on March 29, 2013 @ 2:10PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is trying to be the first state in the nation to give free breakfast and lunch to every child in the state's schools, kindergarten through 12th grade.
The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Friday that would create public-private partnerships to fund the expanded lunches. The bill also attempts to increase participation in the current meal programs which would bring the state more federal funding.
Every county board of education will set up foundations to solicit private donations. The bill stipulates that every dollar in donations must be used to buy food, not for administrative purposes. As money becomes available, free meals will be provided for every elementary school child with hopes that the program can be expanded to all students.
No additional state funds will be used.
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Mar 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM
Considering that schools no longer allow kids to get seconds and serve very small portions, The lunches are not worth much any way. If the kids don't like part of the lunch, the really go hungry. If they bring their own lunch they are not allowed to buy a milk (at least at one Harrison County school that I know of). Control by Central government, bureaucratic, progressives who think they know best. After all, overweight people raise healthcare costs. Like Tim Miley said about seat belts on Thursday or Friday: “Your freedom is going to cost me money because my health insurance rates are going to go up,”