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An Avalanche of breakfast and lunch is coming to Mon Schools

A chicken tender can’t take up for itself — but Monongalia County Schools can.

Should any freezer across the district begin an unplanned thaw, be it by power failure or a compressor issue, Brian Kiehl’s smartphone will immediately chirp with texts and emails of warning.

Which means, he said, an interlocking safety net of technology to keep the tenders, and any other menu item on ice, out of harm’s way.

“Whatever works,” said Kiehl, the district’s director of child nutrition services.

“We just emptied our last freezer last week, so we can clear the way.”

He’s referring to next month’s “Summer Avalanche” learning enrichment camps which run July 5-27 at every school in the district.

Freezers and cafeterias are being stocked with new inventory for the breakfast and lunch offerings at the school during the run of the Avalanche, Kiehl said.

Breakfast will be served 9-9:30 a.m., and will consist of basic fare including cereal, milk and a juice box, the director said.

“Most of our kids don’t eat breakfast anyway,” he said, of the traditional Avalanche participants.

“They’re always anxious to get started with their courses.”

Lunch will be at 11-11:30 a.m. at the schools, and children don’t have to be enrolled in the Avalanche program to partake.

That’s critical, Kiehl said, since food insecurity — that is, where there literally isn’t enough available to sustain one’s self, nutritionally — is still present, even in relatively prosperous Mon County.

“Hunger doesn’t take a summer vacation,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Avalanche offerings are being served in partnership with the federal Summer Food Service Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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