CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ West Virginia has become the eighth state in the nation to receive reimbursement authority from the United States Department of Agriculture to serve evening meals to low income children under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
West Virginia may now serve children through the age of 18 at sites that qualify. Approved centers are allowed to claim all suppers at a higher rate of federal reimbursement. Nutritious suppers benefit the children and youth who participate and help support programs that offer at-risk youth constructive activities after school.
“The Office of Child Nutrition is excited to administer the at-risk afterschool supper program in West Virginia,” said Richard Goff, executive director of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition. “We know that many children in our state are hungry and this program will help our sponsors improve the health and well-being of all the children they serve.”
To qualify for the program, participants must:
· Be located in an attendance area of a school in which 50 percent of enrolled children are eligible for free and reduced school meals;
· Be operated by a school, private nonprofit organization, or local government agency;
· Offer educational or enrichment activities; and
· Meet state and local health and safety standards or be licensed.
To participate, call the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition at (304) 558-3396.