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Cabell County kicks off summer food program

The West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition kicked off its Summer Food Service Program Wednesday morning in Cabell County. (WCHS/WVAH)

The West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Child Nutrition kicked off its Summer Food Service Program Wednesday morning in Cabell County.

As part of the USDA program, hundreds of food sites offer free healthy meals to children throughout the summer.

The federally funded initiative provides funds to participating agencies which include local boards of education, parks and recreation, colleges and universities, community action agencies, churches and other faith-based groups to help feed hungry children when school is out during the summer months.

"We take a holistic approach to making sure every child has the resources to be successful, are fed and not hungry, fed in Cabell County,” Ryan Saxe, Cabell County superintendent, said.

During the kickoff, Governor Jim Justice’s office presented a proclamation signifying the program.

Saxe said there will be 43 locations in Cabell County for kids 18 and younger to get breakfast or lunch, making the county the biggest site for the program so far.

To view a list of the sites, click here.

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