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Cabell to be 20th WV county with free school meals

Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe Andrea Lowry passes out food samples during a workshop for Cabell County Schools cafeteria workers on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Huntington East Middle School.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe
Andrea Lowry passes out food samples during a workshop for Cabell County Schools cafeteria workers on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Huntington East Middle School.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — When Huntington High School students return for class Wednesday, they’ll have a buffet of new options when it comes to eating at school.

The school’s students will be part of a Cabell County Schools pilot project providing them free breakfast and lunch this semester.

The project is a prelude for district officials’ plan to provide free meals at each of the county’s 26 public schools at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

“We serve a lot of kids in our district, but there are a lot of them who don’t eat that we’ll never know about because they’ll never tell us,” said Cabell County Schools Superintendent William Smith. “In fact, at the high school level, there are students who would qualify for free lunch, but for some reason they don’t apply and they don’t get to eat…

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