UPDATE 3/23/2020 1:00 p.m: Kanawha County Schools will continue feeding programs on Wednesday in a different format.
Although specific details have not yet been released, West Virginia State Superintendent Clayton Burch told 13 News he was immediately taken back when he heard about the suspension.
“I think as an educational community, we really need to think ‘what is our message?'”, exclaimed Burch, “The governor in no way, shape, or form has said that feeding children is non-essential. In fact, he said the exact opposite. Feeding children is essential and the folks that are going to step up are going to step up”.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – Kanawha County Schools, under Gov. Jim Justice’s direction for everyone to stay home due to the Coronavirus outbreak, will stop its bagged meal service for its students.
School officials are currently investigating other safe ways to feed students and will share those additional plans with parents once they are developed.
For the time being, the feeding program will be halted as well.
Over the last several days, Kanawha County Schools prepared and delivered thousands of bagged meals to its students.
KCS Communications Director, Briana Warner said, “We value the health and safety of our employees and also for the volunteers who’ve been supporting us,” which is why they are taking these new precautionary measures.
KCS said if you have a need that is not being met during this time of school closure, please call your school, the district office or call 2-1-1 on your phone to reach The United Way helpline.