Parents looking to enroll their kids in the reduced cost or free lunch programs in West Virginia have a new way to apply.
West Virginia schools are currently accepting applications for free and reduced price meals for students. Those applications are now available online.
Director of Food Service for Wood County Schools, Beverly Blough, says the new internet application allows for the process to be completed in the privacy of your own home.
"A parent can go online to wvschoolmeals.net and they can actually fill out an application on the internet," says Blough. "They can do it in the comfort of their own home. If they don't have a computer they can go to the neighbors, a relatives, they can go to the public library. We've also asked principals to offer the schools computer lab, or maybe even the computer in their office, for parents to use a computer there to sign up for benefits."
Blough says she's seen a steady increase in the number of students who are on a reduced price of free meal program. She adds, parents are still welcome to apply on paper at the board office on Plum Street and reminds parents that all assistant applications are kept completely confidential.