All Somerset County Students Will Now Receive Free Breakfast and Lunch

As reported in the Delmarvanow, students in Somerset County will receive breakfast and lunch at school as part of a program that seeks to remove the stigma from children who receive a free lunch, while ensuring that children are not hungry during the school day.

In the county, 20.4 percent of households are below the poverty level, with 72 percent of nearly 3,000 students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals.

Having the state’s highest percentage of low-income households has helped qualify the Somerset County Board of Education for a federal child nutrition program that provides meals at no cost to all students, regardless of household income. . .

A formal announcement and more details about the Community Eligibility Provision, administered through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, will be made at an Aug. 28 celebration at Somerset Intermediate School.

For more information, see the full story from the Delmarvanow.

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