"This program provides nutritious meals for preschool and school-age children from needy areas who participate in summer educational or recreational programs and for eligible children enrolled in summer camps," said State Superintendent Dr. David Stewart.
The Summer Food Service Program may be sponsored by any public agency, any private, nonprofit residential summer camp, or any private, nonprofit organization that develops a food service program for children similar to the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program 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. Financial assistance is given to approved institutions for the costs involved in obtaining, preparing and serving food under the program, including administrative costs.
Also, new food service management companies who wish to contract with sponsors must register with the West Virginia Department of Education. Any sponsor may contract through a bidding process with a food service management company to operate its entire food service or for the preparation of meals to be served under the program. Failure to follow the bidding process will result in revocation of registration.
Interested county school systems, community agencies and companies 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 304-558-4856.
The West Virginia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are equal opportunity providers and employers.