“This program is designed to provide nutritious meals for preschool and school-age 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.
According to Dr. Marockie, the Summer Food Service Program may be sponsored by any public agency; private, nonprofit residential summer camp; or private, nonprofit organization that develops a food service program for children. Programs are similar to the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program and must receive approval from the Department of Education as a program sponsor.
Marockie said that the U. S. Department of Agriculture defines “needy areas” as those areas in which one-half of the children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in schools. Eligibility may also be determined by census information or individual eligibility of the children.
“Financial assistance is given to approved institutions for the costs involved in obtaining, preparing and serving food under the program, including administrative costs,” said Mary Kay Harrison, Director, Office of Child Nutrition, West Virginia Department of Education.
Harrison said that 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, West Virginia, 25305-0330, or phone (304) 558-2708.
The West Virginia Department of Education and the U. S. Department of Agriculture are equal opportunity providers and employers.