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Keeping Pace? Not in IW

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Isle of Wight County is located in one of several rural areas in Virginia either lacking, or not currently being considered for, a PACE center — one of the most popular alternatives to a nursing home. PACE — Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly — is overseen by the state, run by local health systems and allows nursing home — and Medicaid and Medicare — eligible residents to remain at home, while being provided care during the day at a center and support in the off-hours at their residence.

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Free/reduced lunch numbers climb

By Abby Proch

Staff writer

More than half of the students at three of Isle of Wight County’s elementary schools are eligible for free and reduced lunches.

The portion of kids in Isle of Wight receiving free or reduced lunches has exploded in recent years.

Last school year, 37.3 percent of Isle of Wight students were eligible for the federal lunch program — up from 27.5 percent in 2006.

Isle of Wight County schools’ Food Services Director Pearl Taylor believes the recession and business closures fueled higher eligibility numbers.

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