BOE once again offering meals to students over summer break

Photo courtesy of Taylor County Schools

TAYLOR COUNTY—To ensure that students continue to receive nutrition to help them thrive over the summer months, the Taylor County Board of Education (BOE) will once again be taking part in a program that puts food in the hands of youths. 

After seeing success with the program in previous years, the BOE has announce their participation in the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). 

According to the WVDE, the program supports child nutrition during the summer break when thousands of the state’s school children suffer from heightened food insecurity. The program works alongside boards of education, local governments and nonprofit organizations to help bring food to youths in conjunction with summer activities.

In 2020, the program provided nutritious meals through 785 Summer Food Program sites across the state, a feat made possible through U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funding. 

During the school year, over 200,000 West Virginia School children depend on free and reduced-priced meals. However, in summer months, food insecurities often persist because these children do not have access to school breakfast and lunch through programs like the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program.

Taylor County Director of Child Nutrition, Donette Nines, shared that many students rely on school breakfasts and lunches throughout the school year, but during the summer months some students may go without. 

“Many teachers and staff worry about the kids being home for the summer and making sure they are fed while they are gone,” expressed Nines. “We are happy to be able to help make sure food is available to the students during the summer months.”

Here in Taylor County, meals will be served to students in three locations and in conjunction with Taylor County Middle School’s annual summer band camp.

Grafton High School, Anna Jarvis Elementary School and Taylor County Middle School will all be acting as sites this summer.

Grafton High School will be offering meals beginning June 13, and excluding June 20 and July 4, will continue until July 29. Meals will be served up Monday-Friday at this site.

Breakfast will be served from 8:00-9:00 a.m., and lunch will be dished out from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Anna Jarvis Elementary and Taylor County Middle Schools will begin accepting students on July 5 and will continue to act as a nutrition site until July 28. Students may receive food Monday-Thursday at these locations.

Breakfast will be dished out from 8:00-9:00 a.m., and lunch will be offered from 11:30-12:30 each day.

For more information about the site at Grafton High School, please contact Principal Lori Shumaker by calling 304-265-3046. Those wishing to obtain more information about the Anna Jarvis and Taylor County Middle operations may contact Linda Casto at 304-265-2497.

Then, from August 15-18, Taylor County Middle School Band Camp will host breakfast from 7:30-8:00 a.m., and lunch will be provided from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Josh Chiado at 304-265-0722. 

The Summer Food Service Program is free and open to all children ages 18 years and under who would like to take part.

For more information about the Taylor County Schools Summer Food Program, please call Nines in the Office of Child Nutrition at 304-265-2497.

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