Friday, March 4, 2016

West Virginia summer food program for students seeks help

(AP) — The state Department of Education is looking for organizations to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer.

The department says in a news release that nonprofit groups and county boards of education can participate in the federal Summer Food Service Program.

The department says that while 178,000 children in West Virginia depend on free and reduced-price meals at school, only about 10,000 receive the free meals provided by the federal program.

West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition Executive Director Rick Goff says 485 sites provided summer meals to kids last year.

This year's sites will be announced in May. Organizations interested in participating can contact the Office of Child Nutrition at (304) 558-2709.