Counties Across W.Va. Rally Together To Feed Students While Schools Are Closed

Mar 19, 2020

On this West Virginia Morning, stories of hope and resilience, of communities coming together while also staying apart, all in response to the coronavirus. We’ll hop around the state to hear how communities are making sure kids have the food they need to continue to thrive despite being out of school.

The state department of education said they have worked to ensure all students across the state have access to food while school is out. State superintendent Clay Burch said as of Monday, 505 drop sites are serving kids meals.

He said each school district has a different approach for how to handle feeding kids.

We begin in the Northern Panhandle in Wheeling where one businessman didn’t hesitate to jump in when he heard schools might be cancelled. Glynis Board reports.

Next, we’ll head to Morgantown where Brittany Patterson checked-in on the situation there.

And throughout the Eastern Panhandle region, schools are all providing K-12 students free breakfast and lunch throughout this closure period – regardless of whether they normally receive free meals. Liz McCormick has more details.

People who want to volunteer to help feed people in need may be able to connect with a project in their community through a Facebook group called “WV Food ER 2020.” Roxy Todd has more about this grassroots effort to connect food banks, chefs, businesses and volunteers from across the state.

We’ll end our show this morning in the southern coalfields.

Since the shutdown of schools announced late last week, West Virginians statewide have been working to get food to kids, given that tens of thousands of students depend on free or reduced-price meals.

Communities in the Southern Coalfields have come together, and many told reporter Caitlin Tan, this is nothing new. 

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Our Appalachia Health News reporter, Kara Lofton produced our show this morning. Appalachia Health News is made possible with support from CAMC and Marshall Health.