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Shortly before schools were closed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the USDA proposed changes to nutrition standards for school meals. But some health researchers worry that these changes could actually undo the progress schools have made in improving health outcomes in children.

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The West Virginia Board of Education has voted for a 30-day public comment period for proposed policy changes that would tie the state's standard for school meals and snacks with federal minimum requirements.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the public comment period for proposed changes to Policy 4321.1 received no dissenting votes on Wednesday.

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Cabell County School officials kicked-off a new free meals program for students Tuesday by announcing all Huntington High School students will receive free breakfast and lunch starting Wednesday.

Roxy Todd

The summer break from school can be really tough for some children whose parents can’t always afford to buy food. Summer lunch programs across the country try to help feed those children- but lots of children still go without because they can’t get to the school to eat.


In Appalachia, where green forests grow abundantly, food is scarce for many. Throughout Appalachia, grocery stores are disappearing. This week on Inside Appalachia we're looking at some ways communities are resolving to take matters in their own hands.

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Lunch Buses started up Tuesday in Jefferson County bringing meals to children and seniors at designated locations. But on the first day, things didn’t go quite as planned.

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources says a program intended to keep mothers and their young children healthy has raised its income eligibility guidelines.

Behind the Scenes of Abracadabra

Oct 11, 2013
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Production on season three of "Abracadabra" has begun in our studio in Beckley, WV.  The cast and crew, under the direction of Larry Dowling, are hard at work producing segments for children relating to health, nutrition, and safety.  Season three is slated to begin airing in the summer of 2014.