The West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition is committed to ending childhood hunger and providing nutritionally balanced meals to children each day. Along with administering Feed to Achieve, the West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition also administers federally funded child nutrition programs which serve over 68 million meals to children throughout West Virginia annually. When children are in the care of a provider which sponsors one of these federally funded programs, we know their nutritional needs are being met.
Child & Adult Care Food Program provides meals and snacks for children and adults in a variety of settings including child care centers, Head Start programs, after-school care programs, family day care homes, adult day care facilities, homeless shelters and domestic violence programs. Participating programs must serve meals that meet the United States Department of Agriculture's meal pattern requirements. Sponsors promote positive food attitudes and healthy eating behaviors, as well as demonstrate an understanding of the role of nutrition in a child's healthy development.
Students from Morgantown Early Learning Facility in Morgantown, WV
School Nutrition Programs
School Nutrition Programs provide nutritious, low-cost or free meals for West Virginia Children in a variety of settings. Local school districts make their own decisions about menu options, but the meals provided must meet the United States Department of Agriculture's meal pattern requirements. The Office of Child Nutrition's goal is to ensure that school breakfasts and lunches are nutritious, well-balanced meals that contribute to students' health and success in school and throughout life.
Velvie Matheny, Cook, Hannah Junior/Senior High School
Georgia Thornton, Administrative Assistant to Superintendent, Mason County Schools
Dr. Kara Oldham, Principal, Hannah Junior/Senior High School
Cristi Rulen, Food Service Director, Mason County Schools
Summer Food Service Program
When school is out, many children are at risk for poor nutrition. The Summer Food Service Program is a federal program that provides all children with nutritious meals during the summer months at no cost to the child. Healthy summer meals are served at a variety of sites such as schools, parks, pools, housing complexes, churches, town halls and senior centers. Although the Summer Food Service Program is administered by local nonprofit or government agencies, the meals must meet the United States Department of Agriculture's meal pattern requirements.
Reverend James Patterson and Edna Green with the Partnership of African American Churches, Institute, WV
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
In today's eat-on-the-run way of life, fruits and vegetables are often left off the menu. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. The program's goal is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices and increasing children's fruit and vegetable consumption.
Tonya McBrayer, Cook; Kay Thaxton, Parent Volunteer; and Students from Williamson Pre K-8 in Williamson, WV.