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Delmarva Schools Eligible for Free Meals

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MILTON, Del. - Schools across Delmarva will be able to give their students free meals with the US Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility Provision. 

A school qualifies for free breakfast and lunch if 40 percent or more of their students are in the low-income classification bracket. If the school is eligible, every student can partake.

In Delaware, over 100 schools qualify, and several hundred schools also qualify in Virginia. Previously, an entire state needed to be a part of the program, not just individual schools and Maryland was in the 2013-2014 program.

Ashley Hood, a mother of two in Sussex County, has one son at H.O. Brittingham in Milton, one of the schools that is participating this year.

 "There's fruit and juice and vegetables, they're all great servings so therefore I think its a great idea for everyone to have free [food]," she explained. "I really do wish that it expands throughout the entire state of Delaware."

The program came from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and aims to bring healthy and cost-effective meals to students.
While many agreed it is a great way to keep kids eating balanced meals at school, some say it has to stop somewhere, like Jeannette Mastromarino of Milton.

"I think it's good for the kids that need it... there are some children that even from well off parents who dont really get a good lunch," she said. "But sometimes you have to limit it so the government isn't paying out all that."

You can find the full list of eligible schools here.

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