Food is in when school is out

ELKINS?-The Randolph County Board of Education is working to make sure no children in Randolph County goes hungry during the summer break. The Summer Food Service Program ensures that children continue to grow and learn during the summer.

The Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is the largest federal resource available for local programs that combine meal time with recreational and educational activities. The Randolph County BOE recognizes the need for the program in Randolph County.

“Many of our children, who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the school year, do not have the same opportunity during the summer. That’s where we come in, by providing nutritious meals,” LaDonna Rosencrance, child nutrition coordinator for Randolph County Schools, said. “Our responsibility to kids doesn’t end when school lets out. Kids who get enough to eat and have safe activities to participate in during the summer are less likely to get into trouble. Our summer meals program is a building block in the community for healthy, happy kids who are ready to learn.”

The Summer Food Service Program for Children is a federally funded program operated nationally by the USDA and administered by a state agency. Eligible sponsors such as nonprofit organizations, schools and local governments serve nutritious meals free during the summer months.

The Randolph County Board of Education, in their regular meeting April 15, approved the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. Rosencrance said the program will operate daily beginning June 16 and ending Aug. 1. June 20 and July 4 are holidays, and no programs will operate on these two days.

The programs will be at the Elkins Middle School cafeteria, Elkins High School cafeteria, Tygarts Valley Middle/High School cafeteria, and Energy Express at Davis & Elkins College. Serving times will be 7:45-8:15 a.m. for breakfast and 11:15-11:45 a.m. for lunch. Breakfast and lunch will be served, free of charge, to any student 18 years and younger in Randolph County.

To find out about the Summer Food Program in Randolph County contact Rosencrance at 304-636-9150 ext 126.

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