Free School Meals To Be Provided for Somerset Co. Students - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Free School Meals To Be Provided for Somerset Co. Students

Posted:

WESTOVER, Md.- There’s no such thing as free lunch unless you live in Somerset County.

The county’s public school system received federal funding to foot the bill for school meals this upcoming school year because of the county’s high poverty rate.

Nearly a dozen children inside Debbies Childcare Center, located in Princess Anne, had a busy afternoon of fun. Kanden Cange, 4, chose to pass some time with a jumbo puzzle after lunch. Cange said he loves to eat. His favorite meal is breakfast.

"What's your favorite breakfast meal? Pancakes and eggs,” Cange replied.  “Do you eat breakfast and lunch all the time? Yes," he said.

Like Cange, who said he does not miss a meal, Leo Lawson, the spokesperson for Somerset County Public Schools, said no child will have to this upcoming school year.

Lawson said the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) rooted in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010, qualifies the school system for some help. The legislation, signed by President Barack Obama and phased in during July of 2011, authorizes funding for child nutrition and free lunch programs.

According to advocacy group, Maryland Hunger Solutions, 28 percent of children are living below  the poverty line in Somerset County, and the food insecurity rate is 18 percent.

" We believe it will impact the families in a very positive way because the lunch prices for this coming year were $2.40 cents for senior high and $2.25 cents for intermediate school and elementary school," Lawson said.

Ebony Hamilton’s daughter is going to the first grade. She said the free meal plan will help a lot.

"It's great because the past few years that she's been in school, I've been having to either pack lunch daily or pay for lunch at school, " Hamilton said. “ It will be a big help."

Lawson said balanced meals will cut down on the county’s high obesity and diabetes rates. Frances Fitchett agrees. She said healthy meals will help keep children focused in the classroom.

" I think when children are properly fed, it helps them educationally,” Fitchett said. “ They are able to be more alert and to respond to the classroom setting."

Lawson said Somerset County is the only county in the state that offers free breakfast and lunch to all students under CEP.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • KKK Robe Showed Up at Maryland Auction House

    KKK Robe Showed Up at Maryland Auction House

    Feb 21, 2018 4:56 PM2018-02-21 21:56:00 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 4:56 PM EST2018-02-21 21:56:50 GMT
    David Allen, owner of A&M Auctioneers and Appraisers, never quite knows what's going to turn up from the old homes and shops of the Eastern Shore.More
    David Allen, owner of A&M Auctioneers and Appraisers, never quite knows what's going to turn up from the old homes and shops of the Eastern Shore.More
  • Maryland Ponders Ways to Establish Health Insurance Markets

    Maryland Ponders Ways to Establish Health Insurance Markets

    Feb 21, 2018 4:50 PM2018-02-21 21:50:00 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 4:50 PM EST2018-02-21 21:50:40 GMT
    To help steady its struggling health care exchange, Maryland is considering steps some other states have taken to stabilize insurance markets: revive a sort of insurance for insurers.More
    To help steady its struggling health care exchange, Maryland is considering steps some other states have taken to stabilize insurance markets: revive a sort of insurance for insurers. More
  • Billy Graham's Legacy Remembered on Delmarva

    Billy Graham's Legacy Remembered on Delmarva

    Feb 21, 2018 3:43 PM2018-02-21 20:43:00 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 3:54 PM EST2018-02-21 20:54:58 GMT
    Billy Graham (Photo: AP)Billy Graham (Photo: AP)
    People on Delmarva are remembering the life and legacy of evangelist Billy Graham, who died early Wednesday morning at his home in North Carolina. He was 99.More
    People on Delmarva are remembering the life and legacy of evangelist Billy Graham, who died early Wednesday morning at his home in North Carolina. He was 99.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Dover Police Announce Death of Officer

    Dover Police Announce Death of Officer

    The Dover Police Department says one of their own passed away yesterday. Corporal Thomas Hannon's death was a result of medical complications brought on after sustaining a leg injury in the line of duty in 2012.

    More

    The Dover Police Department says one of their own passed away yesterday. Corporal Thomas Hannon's death was a result of medical complications brought on after sustaining a leg injury in the line of duty in 2012.

    More
  • New Waterfront Hotel Breaks Ground in O.C., Part 2

    New Waterfront Hotel Breaks Ground in O.C., Part 2

    The location of a new waterfront hotel that recently broke ground in Ocean City is raising some eyebrows with neighbors in the downtown area.

    The Cambria Hotel is being built in the vacant lot that sits just north of the Route 50 drawbridge, meaning it will be one of the first things drivers see headed into town.

    Brian Plimack, who lives just behind the development, said the hotel is too much of a drastic change to the town's skyline.

    More

    The location of a new waterfront hotel that recently broke ground in Ocean City is raising some eyebrows with neighbors in the downtown area.

    The Cambria Hotel is being built in the vacant lot that sits just north of the Route 50 drawbridge, meaning it will be one of the first things drivers see headed into town.

    Brian Plimack, who lives just behind the development, said the hotel is too much of a drastic change to the town's skyline.

    More
  • Crisfield Addiction Forum: Where Drugs Could Be Hiding At Home

    Crisfield Addiction Forum: Where Drugs Could Be Hiding At Home

Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices