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March 13, 2015 - Volume 35 Issue 17

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Applications will be taken shortly for the 2015 Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia.  

According to IOGA, this is a free, three-day educational opportunity for West Virginia high school students that will take place July 14-16, 2015, at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.  

Participating students will learn about the energy industry, including preparation for careers and opportunities available, as well as valuable leadership skills and the industry’s importance to the state and the nation.  

There is no cost to selected participants for tuition, lodging or meals. All accommodations will be provided on the campus of Wesleyan at the academy's expense. Students must apply between March 1 and May 15. Selections for the 2015 class will be announced in June.  

Interested students may apply at: tomdunnacademy.org .

Potential applicants are encouraged to view a short video for more information and highlights from last year's Academy. The video is available at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIzZIHIc83I&list=UUEb-kaRCNeU7szF4riL0ROA.

For more information, please contact Susan Lavenski, Managing Partner/CRA, or call 304-556-9129.

 

 

West Virginia day care providers seeking ways to serve nutritious, healthy meals may qualify for funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the West Virginia Department of Education. The program offers cash reimbursements for meals served to children and USDA donated foods.  

Children enrolled at childcare centers or other facilities participating in the child and adult care food program receive free meals. The reimbursement rate to providers depends on the number of children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Participants may be reimbursed for up to three meal types, including breakfast, lunch, snacks or supper.  

Eligible childcare centers are licensed or approved public or private non-profit facilities. For-profit child care centers also are eligible if they receive compensation under Title XX of the Social Security Act for at least 25 percent of the children enrolled, or if at least 25 percent of the children they serve are eligible for free or reduced price school meals.  

Licensed or registered family day care home providers also may participate in the program under the auspices of an approved family day care sponsoring organization.  

There are 10 approved sponsors throughout West Virginia. Additionally, homeless shelters providing services for families and after-school programs located in low-income areas can participate. Program sponsors provide meals at no extra charge to all enrolled participants or participating facilities.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)  

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You also may write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax to (202) 690-7442 or by email at program.intake@usda.gov.  

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  

 

 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is looking for organizations across the state to help feed children during the summer months. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program sponsored by the WVDE Office of Child Nutrition to ensure that children (18 years and younger) in lower-income areas continue to receive free, nutritious meals during the summer months.

When school is out, many children are at risk for poor nutrition because they do not have access to the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program. The Office of Child Nutrition SFSP provides funds to county school boards of education and other non-profit organizations to help feed hungry kids every summer.

"More than 21 million kids in the U.S. get free or reduced price school lunch, while just over 3 million of those kids get a free summer meal," said West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Michael J. Martirano. "We need to continue to feed West Virginia kids in the summer to decrease this gap and to promote a culture where healthy students in our state are the norm."

"There were 442 Summer Meal sites in West Virginia in 2014 that provided nutritious meals to children and we believe many organizations will renew their commitment for 2015," said Rick Goff, Office of Child Nutrition executive director.

"Adding summer feeding sites in communities across the state is one of the most important things we can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer."

County boards of education and other non-profit organizations can participate in the SFSP to provide safe places for children and teenagers to receive healthy summer meals. Feeding sites can include schools, churches, community centers, libraries, pools, parks, housing complexes and summer camps.

Most sponsors may be approved to receive reimbursement for serving up to two meals or one meal and a snack per day (usually breakfast and lunch or lunch and a snack). Camps may claim up to three meals per day. All meals must follow the SFSP USDA Meal Pattern requirements and dietary specifications and can be prepared on site or transported from another location.
Upcoming summer sites will be announced in May 2015. Organizations involved in the 2014 SFSP are posted at https://wvde.state.wv.us/ocn-download/Forms/SFSP/2014/SFSP_SiteMap2014.pdf.

For more information on the SFSP contact the Office of Child Nutrition at 304-558-3396 or the WVDE Communications Office at 304-558-2699.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

Source: West Virginia Department of Education Feb. 26, 2015.