Free school lunches in West Virginia at risk under new Trump proposal

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FILE – In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 file photo, 6-year-old elementary school students go through the lunch line in the school’s cafeteria in Paducah, Ky. Nearly a million students could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under a Trump administration proposal that’s expected to reduce the number of people who get food stamps. In October 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis finding as many as 982,000 children could be affected by the change. (Ellen O’Nan/The Paducah Sun via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia education officials are warning that many students could become ineligible for free school lunches under a new Trump administration proposal that’s expected to reduce the number of people who get food stamps.

The West Virginia Department of Education on Monday said kids in more than 120,000 households in the state could lose their automatic eligibility for the free meals under the proposal. The agency said it’s still working to figure out exactly how many students would be impacted.

Children automatically qualify for free lunches if their families receive food stamps, but the Trump administration has proposed tightening eligibility for the program, called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released an analysis saying nearly 1 million students nationwide could be affected by the change.

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