About Us

The Office of Child Nutrition, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, administers federal school nutrition programs – which include the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.  The West Virginia Department of Education is dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to nutritious meals that support their well-being and readiness for learning.

Public Notice – Meal Pattern Waiver

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services. The purpose of this waiver is to support schools and communities in providing meals to children in areas affected by COVID-19 experiencing food shortages.  The waiver would allow sponsors to continue to provide reimbursable meals when food shortages occur and meeting meal pattern requirements is no longer feasible. For more information contact:  Amanda Harrison, Executive Director, 304-558-3396, amanda.harrison@k12.wv.us.

Public Notice – Family Day Care Home Monitoring

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition services to allow Family Day Care Home sponsors to complete monitoring in the form of desk audits.  For more information please contact: Linda St. Clair at lsstclai@k12.wv.us.

Public Notice

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services to allow CACFP At-Risk programs to waive the requirement of congregate feeding and an enrichment activity. The purpose of this waiver is to support institutions and communities in providing meals to children in areas experiencing school closures in response to COVID-19. For more information contact:  Tracy Sayre, 304-558-3396, trcsayre@k12.wv.us

Public Notice

WVDE is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services to Seamless Summer Option and Summer Food Service Program sponsors to waive area eligibility requirements. The waiver would allow schools in areas not designated as high need to cover meals provided to students under the Emergency School Closure provision of the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option. The purpose of this waiver is to support institutions and communities in providing meals to children in areas experiencing school closures in response to COVID-19. For more information please contact:  Keri Kennedy, 304-558-3396, keri.kennedy@k12.wv.us

Public Notification

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services. The purpose of this waiver is to support schools and communities in providing meals to children in areas experiencing school closures in response to COVID 19 outbreaks and/or mitigation efforts. The waiver would allow sponsors to continue to provide reimbursable meals with the flexibility of not serving milk when procuring or delivering milk is not feasible. For more information please contact Alana Hudson at Alana.hudson@k12.wv.us

Public Notification

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act authorizes the provision of meals to children who are not in school during unanticipated school closures through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option (SSO). Under normal circumstances, these meals must be offered in a congregate setting (7 CFR 225.6)(e)(15)) and at non-school sites (7 CFR 225.6(d)(1)(iv)). However, during a public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus, social distancing may be necessary to avoid spread of the virus. To address this important issue, the West Virginia Department or Education is requesting a waiver enabling sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus. The West Virginia Department of Education then would be able to apply this waiver, as needed, to SFSP and SSO sponsors providing meals during unanticipated school closures due to the coronavirus. For more information, please contact Alana Hudson at Alana.hudson@k12.wv.us.

Public Notification—Summer Food Service Program Waiver Requests

The West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition, has submitted four statewide waivers to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) flexibilities and policies that were rescinded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) through SFSP 01-2019 Summer Food Service Program Memoranda Rescission. The following waivers have been submitted for consideration:

  • First Week Site Visits—7 CFR, Section 225.15(d)(2)
  • Area Eligibility for Closed Enrolled Sites—Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Section 225.15(f)(1)
  • Meal Time Restrictions—7 CFR, Section 225.16(c)
  • Offer Versus Serve—7 CFR, Section 225.16(f)(1)(ii)

The goal of these waivers is to reinstate the rescinded flexibilities to allow for efficient and cost-effective program management and reduce the administrative burden for program operators. Information regarding the approval or denial of these waiver requests will be posted here and will be provided to all program operators via email once the USDA makes a determination.

Contact Us

  • Phone: (304) 558-3396

  • Fax: (304) 558-1149

  • Building 6, Room 750, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0330