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Wayne County To Provide Free Breakfasts, Lunches Next School Year

Reported by: Send eMail Kaylin Searles, Taylor Deer
Reported: Jun. 18, 2014 3:24 PM EDT
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Wayne , Wayne County , West Virginia

Wayne County is being added to the list of counties that will be providing free breakfast and lunch to its entire student body for the upcoming school year.

The Wayne County Board of Education unanimously approved the motion to provide free food to students in each of its 20 schools for the 2014-2015 school year.

The switch to free food will result in unpaid meal bills to stop accumulating. Wayne County has accumulated more than $700,000 in debt in the last decade; but, during the past two years, has averaged about $70,000 in new debt, a step in the right direction.

After numbers were crunched between Board Treasurer Ancie Hatfield and Food Service Director Brenda Arrowood, it was found that the school system will not have to spend much more than it has the past two years for the schools in the program.

Wayne County hopes these free meals will translate into increased participation from students.



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