KEYSER - Keyser High School will be joining the growing list of schools in Mineral County that are able to offer all students free breakfast and lunch each day.

KEYSER - Keyser High School will be joining the growing list of schools in Mineral County that are able to offer all students free breakfast and lunch each day.
The county is participating in a program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which was enacted as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and provides universal meal service to children in high poverty areas.
The CEP is an alternative to collecting, approving and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible students in high poverty local education agencies.
Eligibility for the program is based upon a school’s percentage of students being eligible for free and reduced meals. If at least 40 percent of a school’s students are directly certified for free meal benefits, the entire school qualifies for the option.
Mineral County expects to have eight schools participate in the CEP program this year - Wiley Ford Primary, Fountain Primary, Keyser Primary, Keyser Middle, Keyser High, Burlington Primary, New Creek Primary and Elk Garden Primary.  
The program allows the school system to feed nearly 2,618 students each day. 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released data reporting high levels of food insecurity and hunger across the country. In West Virginia, over 14 percent of residents live in food insecure households and more than 100,000 children live below the poverty line.