WHEELING?- Hunger doesn't take a summer vacation.
Ohio County Schools will provide free healthy meals to all eligible children through its summer meals program.
Federally sponsored through the United States Department of Agriculture, the summer program is similar to the National School Lunch Program. This year's program is extended and will be seven weeks long.
"A large proportion of our students and families depend upon the meals we provide our students every day. We provide healthy, balanced meals, abide by the nutritional guidelines and know we're providing a wonderful services to these families," said Renee Griffin, child nutrition director for Ohio County Schools.
Children 2-18 years old are eligible to eat at the available sites. There are no stipulations, except at Warwood School and Wheeling Park High School which require students to register for meals.
"We've really seen continued participation each year," Griffin said, adding Oglebay Village is a new name on the schedule this year as guidelines have changed for multi-family housing sites.
While Warwood School was only added to the schedule a few years ago, Griffin appreciates Principal Susan Nolte's efforts to promote the program. With the school being in close proximity to the local pool, the site is a convenient spot for children to get a healthy meal before spending the day in the sun.
"We have the capability to prepare as many meals as needed," Griffin said.
For more information or to register, contact the school or child nutrition office at 304-243-0477.