- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The state Department of Education is looking for organizations to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer.

The department says in a news release that nonprofit groups and county boards of education can participate in the Summer Food Service Program.

The department says that while 178,000 children in West Virginia depend on free and reduced-price meals at school, only about 10,000 receive the free meals through the summer program.

West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition Executive Director Amanda Harrison says 485 sites provided summer meals to kids last year. She says she hopes the number of sites can grow in 2017.

This year’s sites will be announced in May. Organizations interested in participating can contact the Office of Child Nutrition at (304) 558-2709.

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