DPS Honored by No Kid Hungry Virginia

DPS Honored by No Kid Hungry Virginia
Posted on 10/05/2018
No Kid Hungry LogoRELEASE: Danville City Public Schools Honored with 2018
School Nutrition Award by No Kid Hungry Virginia
Oct. 4, 2018

[Contact: Claire Mansfield at 804.692.2545 or cmansfield@strength.org]

Richmond, VA – Danville City Public Schools and four other new school divisions, along with
eight repeat winners, received the second annual Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition award
presented by No Kid Hungry Virginia in September.

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
stellar participation in the school breakfast program. 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.

“This year’s school division winners are great examples of how to effectively implement and
expand nutrition programs so their students have access to the nutrition they need to succeed in
the classroom and lead healthy lives,” said Mrs. McAuliffe. “Virginia has become a national
model for ending childhood hunger and these school divisions are leading the way across the
Commonwealth and throughout the country.”

First-time 2018 winners include Danville City Public Schools; Harrisonburg City Public Schools;
Pulaski County Public Schools; Southampton County Public Schools; and Staunton City Public
Schools, where each school division was recognized for their commitment to ensuring no child
goes hungry in the Commonwealth. Bristol City Public Schools, Buchanan Public Schools,
Colonial Beach Public Schools, Henry County Public Schools, Newport News Public Schools,
Richmond City Public Schools, Westmoreland Public Schools, and West Point Public Schools
were all recognized for the second year in a row and awarded with a certificate for their
continued commitment to school nutrition programs.

“No Kid Hungry is excited to award so many new school divisions as well as recognize divisions
that continue to ensure that kids in their communities have access to nutritious meals,” said
Claire Mansfield, No Kid Hungry Virginia state director. “Thanks to our strong public-private
partnerships and commitment from community members, school leaders, teachers, staff and
school nutrition teams, we’ve been able to help connect more schools with federal nutrition
programs that help children thrive and make strides toward ending childhood hunger across the
Commonwealth.”

To qualify for the award, school divisions must meet 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.

Schools can play a critical role in getting children the nutrition they need to fuel their bodies and
their brains. Programs like school breakfast, after-school meals, and summer meals help feed
kids throughout the school day and in the summertime. Parents trust schools to provide healthy,
nutritious meals and look to schools as reliable sources of information about community
programs.

Schools effectively feeding children and preventing hunger benefit from better attendance,
reduced tardiness, fewer visits to the nurse’s office, and better academic performance.
Academic success improves the success for the community as a whole.

No Kid Hungry Virginia partners with schools and districts to connect eligible kids to federal
nutrition programs. 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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About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign:
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 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.