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Somerset County Public Schools Celebrated for Free Meals Program

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WESTOVER, Md. - Somerset County Public Schools were recognized today for their participation in a new federal free meals program.

Hundreds of schools in Maryland now have access to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

Maryland Hunger Solutions, the Maryland Center on Economic Policy, and the Maryland State Department of Education presented Somerset County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John Gaddis and Somerset County Public School Food and Nutrition Services Manager Helen Riggins with “Hunger-Free School” awards this morning in recognition of the county's leadership in electing CEP.

“Thanks to Community Eligibility, Somerset County parents can cross ‘lunch box' off their back-to-school shopping lists,” said Michael J. Wilson, the director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. “Principals and teachers can cross ‘hungry students' off their list of concerns for the coming school year too, thanks to the leadership of Dr. John Gaddis in encouraging eligible schools to adopt this amazing new program.”

CEP aims to reduce both childhood hunger and administrative paperwork by providing breakfast and lunch to all students free of charge. This option helps ensure that low-income children, whose families often struggle to put food on the table, can eat healthy meals at school. The deadline for school districts to indicate their participation is August 31.

It was announced today that the following schools in Somerset County will participate in the program:

• Carter G. Woodson Elementary School

• Crisfield High School & Academy

• Deal Island School

• Ewell Elementary School

• Greenwood Elementary School

• Princess Anne Elementary School

• Somerset Intermediate School

• Washington High School & Academy

“Over 14 percent of Maryland households have children who don't know where their next meal will come from,” Wilson said. “Making sure that our kids have enough to eat is one of the most basic things we can do to improve both overall health and academic success. We strongly encourage other schools to follow Somerset County's example and adopt CEP.”

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