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Greensville County Public Schools Receive 2019 Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition Award

Richmond, VA (Nov. 18, 2019) – Greensville County Public Schools was one of 15 school divisions across the Commonwealth that received the Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition presented by No Kid Hungry Virginia this November. This is the first year Greensville County Public Schools received the award.

 

The Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition Award celebrates Virginia school divisions that have gone above and beyond by operating all available federal child nutrition programs and achieving exceptional participation in the school breakfast program. Originally launched in 2017, the award is named in honor of former First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, in recognition of her efforts to end childhood hunger in the Commonwealth.

 

“Virginia has become a national model for ending childhood hunger because of the hard work and innovative approaches of this year’s School Nutrition Award recipients,” said Mrs. McAuliffe. “We’re thrilled to celebrate districts like Greensville County Public Schools for their ongoing commitment to making sure students can access the meals and other resources they need to succeed.”

 

Franklin County Public Schools joined Greensville County Public Schools and Suffolk City Public Schools as first-time award recipients. Other winning school districts included Bristol City Public Schools, Buchanan County Public Schools, Colonial Beach Public Schools, Danville Public Schools, Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Newport News City Public schools, Pulaski County Public Schools, Richmond City Public Schools, Southampton County Public Schools, Staunton City Public Schools, Westmoreland County Public School and West Point Public Schools.

 

“Schools play a critical role in connecting children with the nutrition they need to fuel their bodies and their brains,” said Claire Mansfield, No Kid Hungry Virginia state director. “We’re excited to honor more schools this year. It’s thanks to strong public-private partnerships and commitments from community members, school leadership, teachers and school nutrition teams that we’ve been able to connect more schools – and students – with federal nutrition programs.”

 

To qualify for the award, school divisions met the following criteria:

  • School Breakfast: At least 70% of students who qualify for free/reduced meals and eat school lunch are also eating school breakfast.
  • Afterschool Meals: Division is sponsoring and serving meals/snacks through the At-Risk Afterschool Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), if eligible.
  • Summer Meals: Division is sponsoring and serving summer meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Seamless Summer Option (SSO), if eligible.

 

No Kid Hungry Virginia partners with schools and districts to connect eligible kids to federal nutrition programs. Programs like Breakfast After the Bell, afterschool meals and summer meals help feed kids throughout the school day and in the summertime.

 

The nonprofit shares best practices via webinars and educational events, along with expanding access to meal programs through grants. Visit va.nokidhungry.org for more information about No Kid Hungry Virginia’s work.

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