July Newsletter

Breakfast and Afterschool Meals Grant Opportunities
Our next round of No Kid Hungry Virginia Breakfast and Afterschool Meals grant opportunities is now open!

  • The Breakfast grant offers up to $5,000 per school to support costs associated with equipment, materials, and initiatives facilitating breakfast after the bell delivery models. To apply, click here. The deadline to apply for this round is August 20th

  • The At-Risk Afterschool Meals grant offers up to $5,000 per sponsor to support costs associated with implementing or growing your At-Risk Afterschool Meals program. To apply, click here. The deadline to apply for this round is August 20th

Reach out to Ellen Eichenbaum, at ellen.eichenbaum@doe.virginia.gov, with any questions about these No Kid Hungry Virginia grant opportunities!

Summer Meals Kickoffs Continue

The Governor and First Lady of Virginia joined Hampton Parks and Recreation for their Summer Meals kickoff on July 5th!

USDA Turnip the Beet Award
Summer Meal Programs can positively impact youth development by offering nutritious meals and encouraging healthy habits. The Turnip the Beet Award, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), recognizes outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious. We hope to see at least one Virginia Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsor win this year! All Summer Meal Program sponsors are eligible to be nominated; you can nominate yourself or another sponsor. For more details and to learn how to nominate sponsors, check out the USDA's Turnip the Beet Award guidance.

Resources and Reminders

  • The 2017 No Kid Hungry Virginia Summit is taking place in Richmond on September 18th and 19th. Registration is now open! Click here to learn more and to RSVP. Summit participants may reserve rooms at The Westin Richmond for the night of September 18th at a special rate of $149/night + tax. A limited number of rooms are available. Visit this link or call The Westin Richmond at (804) 282-8444 and mention the No Kid Hungry Virginia Summit & Share Our Strength to make your reservations soon!

  • Interested in using taste testing in your child nutrition programs to enhance menus and appeal to more kids? Check out our new Taste Test Toolkit for tips, tricks, and successes from around the state!

Happenings around the State

  • Thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision, all Henry County Public Schools students now have access to free school meals.

  • King George County Public Schools partnered with community-based organizations, Virginia Cooperative Extension and Love Thy Neighbor, to enhance their summer feeding program.

  • Franklin County Public Schools teamed up with several community locations, such as churches and apartment complexes, to offer free meals throughout the summer.

  • Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney helped distribute lunch at a Richmond community center earlier this month, emphasizing of the city’s commitment to serving year-round nutritious meals.

  • In school cafeterias throughout Loudoun County, it certainly doesn’t feel like summer vacation. They’re busy with an army of employees working early morning hours to make sure no child in Loudoun goes hungry.