Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 8, 2013

W.Va. governor embraces school meal legislation

Associated Press

MARTINSBURG — West Virginia is moving ahead with plans to combat child hunger through its public schools.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin marked his approval of the Feed to Achieve Act with a Wednesday ceremony at Berkeley Heights Elementary.

The legislation passed during the recent session aims to ensure all school children receive breakfast and lunch at school. It calls for county-based foundations that would collect private donations to expand meal programs.

The new law encourages efforts to improve food quality, as with farm-to-school programs or community gardening pilots. It also promotes such programs as “grab and go” breakfasts so more students eat at school.

Tomblin was joined at the Eastern Panhandle school by Senate Majority Leader John Unger. The Berkeley County Democrat chaired a special Senate committee on child poverty this session.