West Virginia Meal Effort Not Starting from Scratch

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Students should notice West Virginia's ambitious new plan to target child hunger while improving academic performance when they arrive this fall. 

Expanding access to breakfast is likely the first component of the Feed to Achieve Act that will emerge following its signing by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin earlier this month, said Richard Goff, executive director of the Office of Child Nutrition at the state Department of Education.

"The game changer for our program and for the kids in West Virginia is the breakfast delivery strategy," said Goff, a 23-year veteran of the department. "For the first time in my tenure, it makes the meal program part of the educational day. It's not an interruption. That's where we'll see the big change."

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