Nearly 1 in 4 children in West Virginia live in a household that is food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Without adequate access to food, these children are at risk for health problems, obesity, nutrient deficiencies and difficulties with learning and discipline that can echo throughout a lifetime.

New in 2018, the United Way of Southern West Virginia partnered with the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition  to bring awareness to the issue of child hunger over the summer months and to support a thriving summer feeding program in Southern West Virginia.

We hosted information sessions about sponsoring a Summer Feeding Site, connected individual volunteers to sites needing assistance, hosted trainings for Summer Feeding Site sponsors, and provided seed money for those wishing to start up a new summer feeding site. Through our Special Project Mini Grant program funded through our Alexis de Tocqueville Society, agencies wishing to start a new
summer feeding site OR continue an existing site are able to apply for up to $1,000 to supplement their budget. More information on Special Project Mini Grant Application requirements can be found at