EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSUMMER FOOD PROGRAM
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WV Department Of Education Seeking Organizations To Feed Kids This Summer
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jan. 10, 2013 9:28 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 10, 2013 9:35 AM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Summer may be months away, but kids will be out before you know it, and many will need help with meals and activities.
The West Virginia Department of Education is looking for organizations across the state to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer.
County boards of education and other nonprofit organizations can participate in the Summer Food Program, which encourages communities to provide safe places for children and teenagers 18 and under, according to a news release from the state Department of Education.
Organizations receive funds to provide meals to complement recreational and educational programs. Feeding sites include schools, churches, community centers, pools, parks, housing complexes and summer camps.
While children have access to school meals throughout the school year, those meals end when school is out for the summer months. The Summer Food Program was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during summer break. An average of 187,000 children in West Virginia, about 56 percent of schoolchildren, depend on free and reduced-price meals at school, yet only 13,251 receive the free meals provided by the Summer Food Program.
“There were 452 Summer Food Program sites in West Virginia in 2012 that provided nutritious meals to children and we believe many organizations will renew their commitment for 2013,” state Schools Superintendent Jim Phares said. “We are hopeful that new organizations will opt to join us so the number of sites can grow.”
Upcoming summer sites will be announced in May 2013. Organizations involved in the 2012 Summer Food Program are posted at http://static.k12.wv.us/ocn/2012-summer-food-organization.pdf.
For more information on the Summer Food Program contact the Office of Child Nutrition at 304-558-3396, or by email email@example.com, or the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.
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