WV looking for groups to help feed hungry kids this summer

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

February 10, 2020

West Virginia has received high national rankings for feeding children in need during the school day.

But feeding children during the summer is another matter. It’s harder when they aren’t all being driven or bused to school buildings complete with cafeterias and cooks.

The state Department of Education has issued a call for help.

“In West Virginia, 198,435 school children [about 76 percent] depend on free and reduced-price meals at school,” the department said in a recent news release. “Yet only about 18,000 receive the free meals provided by the SFSP. “

SFSP stands for the Summer Food Service Program, and the department is asking nonprofits, county school systems, cities and other organizations to help.

“Feeding sites often include schools, churches, community centers, pools, parks, libraries, housing complexes and summer camps,” the release said.