— Students in Mercer County will again have the opportunity to eat free
school breakfast and lunch thanks participation in a federal program.
new program will be available in all Mercer County schools and any
student who wishes to eat breakfast and lunch is entitled to a free
Officials say that unlike an older process, families don't have to submit applications for the free meals in the new program.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that Mercer
County Schools expects to feed more than 9,000 students each day in its
26 schools this year.
Throughout the state, 38 of 52 eligible
county school systems have decided to participate in the program. About
332 schools will participate reaching nearly 110,000 public school
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