The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), recently approved the WVDE Office of Child Nutrition’s application for a Direct Certification Implementation Grant award. This award is intended to assist the OCN in implementing improvements to the direct certification process for children who are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The FNS is awarding funding in the amount of $95,176.48 to implement innovative solutions for directly certifying the maximum number of children possible. The funding period extends from November 2, 2012 to September 30, 2013. For additional information regarding this grant award, contact OCN Executive Director, Richard Goff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-558-2709.