More thought goes into summer feeding program due to pandemic

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:18 PM EDT
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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - The need for food is increasing throughout West Virginia and Harrison County is making sure no student faces hunger this summer.

Within just months of the pandemic, in West Virginia more than one million meals were delivered to students and their families through schools and volunteer programs.

“COVID began and we were responding. We wanted to make sure we were still feeding our students and all students in Harrison County, and of course across West Virginia,” said Child Nutrition Director at Harrison County Schools Chris Derico. “We wanted to increase our reach for the past few summers and I think this is a golden opportunity to reach even more children.”

The county is not only providing breakfast and lunch to students involved in academic programs, but anyone under the age of 18 can have a weeks worth of breakfast and lunch at site locations. If you don’t have a way of getting there, the father-daughter duo that started Multitude Foods are helping deliver weekly boxes.

Derico says, “it’s a basic need and that’s where are the building blocks begin. We look at it as they aren’t going to be able to learn today if they’re basic needs aren’t filled with breakfast and lunch. So we’re proud to be part of providing that service for the students of Harrison County.”

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