Summer Food Service Program Offers Nutritious Meals throughout the Summer

February 11, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Children can enjoy nutritious food throughout the summer with the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The West Virginia Department of Education announces that the SFSP will be made available to children in needy areas. The WVDE is the state-administering agency for child nutrition programs that are funded through the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA).  

“During the school year, children receive nutritious meals from the school lunch and breakfast program. It is just as important to provide the same nutritious meals during the summer for preschool and school-age children from financially disadvantaged areas,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart.  

The program may be sponsored by any public agency or private, non-profit residential summer camp, or private organization that develops a food service program for children similar to the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program. Each sponsor must receive approval from the Department of Education as a program sponsor.  

According to the USDA, 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.  

“Children benefit from these programs by eating healthy and staying active throughout the summer,” said May Kay Harrison, Executive Director for the Office of Child Nutrition. "We should encourage everyone who is eligible to apply for this financial assistance.”  

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 304-558-4856.  

The West Virginia Department of Education and the USDA are equal opportunity providers and employers.

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