Martha Sparks Society Editor
August 18, 2013
Logan County Schools students 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 Option (CEO).
“Logan County Schools is pleased to offer every student a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost,” Terry Elkins, Child Nutrition Director, said. “Research indicates that students who eat properly also perform better in the classroom. It is our goal that no student go hungry during the school day.”
Throughout the state, 38 of 52 eligible county school systems have decided to participate in the CEO. Approximately 332 schools will participate reaching nearly 110,000 public school students. Logan County Schools expects to have 17 schools participate in the CEO. The program allows the school system to feed nearly 6,400 students each day.
“Feeding a child is paramount to student achievement,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools James Phares. “We know that countless children in our state go to school each day hungry making it impossible for them to focus on school work. I applaud Logan County Schools for deciding to participate in the CEO.
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 CEO 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 CEO 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 the Office of Child Nutrition at 304-792-2064 or 304-792-2065.