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.

Contact Us

  • Phone: (304) 558-3396

  • Fax: (304) 558-1149

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

Public Notification – Meal Service During Anticipated School Closures (SY 2020-21)

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a statewide wavier to allow Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program – Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsors to serve meals for reimbursement at approved school sites during unanticipated school closures – including both partial and full closures related to COVID-19. For more information, please contact Amanda Harrison at Amanda.harrison@k12.wv.us or 304-558-3396.

Public Notification – Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program (SY 2020-21)

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a statewide waiver of the requirement that children have to be present when a parent/guardian picks up FFVP produce. For more information, please contact Bekki Leigh at bleigh@k12.wv.us or 304-558-3396.

Public Notification – Non-Congregate Waiver (September 1-7, 2020):

This is being requested specifically as an extension of the Summer Food Service Program for the time period of September 1-7, 2020. This is being requested in line with the Governor of West Virginia’s order that schools in West Virginia are not to begin prior to September 8, 2020. Current Non-Congregate waivers for SFSP expire on August 31, 2020

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: Samantha Snuffer-Reeves at snsnuffer@k12.wv.us.

Public Notification – Non-Congregate Waiver (SY 2020-21):

This is being requested specifically as an extension of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for school year 2020-21, effective September 8, 2020.

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: Samantha Snuffer-Reeves at snsnuffer@k12.wv.us.

Public Notice – Meal Pattern Waiver (September 1-7, 2020):

This is being requested specifically as an extension of the Summer Food Service Program for the time period of September 1-7, 2020. This is being requested in line with the Governor of West Virginia’s order that schools in West Virginia are not to begin prior to September 8, 2020. Current SFSP meal pattern waivers for SFSP expire on July 31, 2020.

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, Director, 304-558-3396, amanda.harrison@k12.wv.us.

Public Notice – Meal Pattern Waiver (SY 2020-21):

This is being requested specifically as an extension of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for school year 2020-21, effective September 8, 2020.

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, Director, 304-558-3396, amanda.harrison@k12.wv.us.

Public Notification – Area Eligibility (September 1-7, 2020):

This is being requested specifically as an extension of the Summer Food Service Program for the time period of September 1-7, 2020. This is being requested in line with the Governor of West Virginia’s order that schools in West Virginia are not to begin prior to September 8, 2020. Current SFSP area eligibility waivers expire on August 31, 2020. (Reference 7 CFR 225.6(c)(2)(G))

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 – Area Eligibility (SY 2020-21):

This is being requested specifically as an extension of area eligibility for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for school year 2020-21, effective September 8, 2020. (Reference 7 CFR 225.6(c)(2)(G))

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 – Parent/Guardian Pick-Up (September 1-7, 2020):

This is being requested specifically as an extension of the parent/guardian pick up flexibility through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for school year 2020-21, effective September 8, 2020.

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 would allow sponsors to serve non-congregate meals the flexibility of not requiring students to be present for the distribution of meals. For more information, please contact Alana Hudson at Alana.hudson@k12.wv.us.

Public Notification – Parent/Guardian Pick-Up (SY 2020-21):

This is being requested specifically as an extension of the parent/guardian pick up flexibility through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for school year 2020-21, effective September 8, 2020.

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 would allow sponsors to serve non-congregate meals the flexibility of not requiring students to be present for the distribution of meals. For more information, please contact Alana Hudson at Alana.hudson@k12.wv.us.

Public Notification – Meal Time Restrictions (SY 2020-21):

This is being requested specifically as an extension of the meal time requirement through the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for school year 2020-21, effective September 8, 2020). (Reference 7CFR225.16(c)(1) and (2) )

The West Virginia Department of Education is seeking a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services. This waiver extends the flexibility for sites to disregard the mealtime restrictions on the amount of time that must elapse between meal service, the time limit for each meal/snack service, and the time restriction associated with supper. For more information, please contact Alana Hudson at Alana.hudson@k12.wv.us.