WVDE announces free summer meal offerings
Charleston Gazette-Mail staff reports
The West Virginia Department of Education held a kickoff event Thursday for the federally funded Summer Food Service Program, which gives free meals to children and teens across the state throughout the summer.
A Thursday news release said an average of 178,000 West Virginia schoolchildren depend on free and reduced-price meals at school and have access to them throughout the school year as part of the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs, but those meals end when school is out for summer.
“This summer there are 136 agencies participating and over 480 feeding sites,” Associate State Schools Superintendent Clayton Burch said in a news release. “This means that, on average, the Summer Food Service Program will be providing more than 11,000 meals per day during the critical summer months.”
The release said you can find information on the closest summer feeding sites by calling the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3HUNGRY or 1-877-8HAMBRE, going online to fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks or texting FOOD to 877-877.