KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – The Kanawha County Summer Food Service Program is officially underway.
The program started June 11 and will run through August. Each of the twelve sites will provide free breakfast and lunch to any child 18 years and under who want to participate.
“This is a vital program and if we saw anything during the work stoppage or the water crisis over the last few years is hunger doesn’t’stop. So we want to feed the students as best we can all summer long,” says Kanawha County Schools Child Nutrition Director Diane Miller.
One of the great things about the summer program is that they try to incorporate fresh and local products. This gives kids the opportunity to have fun trying new and exciting foods they wouldn’t normally get to taste.
“The Students get to try different varieties of tomatoes different varieties of radishes cucumbers carrots everything that I can get my hands on if they have the ability to bring it to me, then we are using it in this program,” says Miller.
According to the West Virginia Department of Education over 67% of school-aged children qualify for free or reduced-priced meals.