Pulaski County Public Schools wins nutrition award

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Three new school divisions, along with 12 repeat winners, received the Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition Award presented by No Kid Hungry Virginia this November.

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 these school districts for their ongoing commitment to making sure students can access the meals and other resources they need to succeed.”

First-time winners include:

Franklin County Public Schools
Greensville County Public Schools
Suffolk City Public Schools

Second and third-year winners include:

Bristol City Public Schools
Buchanan County Public Schools
Colonial Beach Public Schools
Danville City 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 Schools
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 school districts 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: Pulaski County Public Schools wins nutrition award 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.

About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 7 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.