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Summer Food Service Program Now Available to Agencies

January 27, 1999

The West Virginia Department of Education, as the state administering agency for child nutrition programs funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announces the availability of the Summer Food Service Program for 1999. At its January meeting, the West Virginia Board of Education approved the State Plan for program administration and operations.  

"This important program provides nutritious meals for preschool and school-aged children from needy areas who participate in summer educational or recreational programs and for eligible enrolled children in summer camps," said State Superintendent Dr. Henry Marockie.  

The Summer Food Service Program may be sponsored by any public agency or private, nonprofit residential summer camp, or private, nonprofit organization that develops a food service program for children similar to the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, and that receives approval from the Department of Education as a program sponsor.  

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, needy areas are defined as those areas in which one-half of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the schools. Eligibility may also be determined by census information or individual eligibility of the children.  

The West Virginia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are equal opportunity providers and employers.  

Financial assistance is given to approved institutions for the costs involved in obtaining, preparing and serving food under the program, including administrative costs.  

County school systems or other community agencies interested in sponsoring the program may apply directly to the Office of Child Nutrition, West Virginia Department of Education, Building 6, Room 248, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305-0330 or phone 304-558-2708.

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