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Free School Lunches In West Virginia At Risk Under New Trump Proposal

In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo, a third-grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M.

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.