All students in Marshall County can receive a free breakfast and lunch through their summer food service program. Now through July 2, Monday through Friday, all students can go to Moundsville Middle from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 to noon for lunch. Starting July 5-28, Tuesday through Thursday, the meals will be available as well.
Funding for the program is provided through the USDA, and they serve anywhere from 30-200 students, depending on what programs they have going on at the school that day. Program coordinators say they want to make sure kids in the community don’t go without this summer.
“We just want to bridge that gap for them so they have the opportunity to receive meals over “summer vacation,” said child nutrition director Debbie Derico. “As we all know, hunger doesn’t go on vacation during the summer.”
“Some children at home may not receive all of the fresh vegetables and fruits they need for their growing bodies, and we try to offer what we can to help supplement what they may need to learn and grow,” said cafeteria manager Jayne Kimberly.
Derico adds that in years to come, they hope to expand the program into other locations throughout the county.