No Kid Hungry Press Release, New River Valley News
No Kid Hungry Virginia has awarded more than $175,000 to 43 schools across 17 divisions across the Commonwealth in breakfast grant funding to pursue alternative ways to get more kids eating breakfast across Virginia.
One in six kids in Virginia live in families that struggle with hunger. Research shows that this hunger has long-term ramifications on children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and a higher risk of hospitalizations and chronic diseases.
The school breakfast program can ensure that kids get the morning nutrition they need, but too often, it can be challenging for kids to access this critical meal. Breakfast after the Bell differs from traditional cafeteria service by providing breakfast in a way that is more convenient and accessible to students, resulting in increased student participation. Some examples of alternative breakfast service models include: Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), Grab and Go Breakfast, and Second Chance Breakfast.
The following schools and districts were funded through No Kid Hungry Virginia’s 2017 Breakfast Grants:
- Alexandria City Public Schools
- Clarke County Public Schools
- Dickenson County Public Schools
- Fairfax County Public Schools
- Galax City Public Schools
- Giles County Public Schools
- Hampton City Public Schools
- Henry County Public Schools
- Loudon County Public Schools
- Newport News Public Schools
- Northampton County Public Schools
- Pittsylvania County Public Schools
- Prince George County Public Schools
- Rockbridge County Public Schools
- Staunton City Public Schools
- Tazewell County Public Schools
- Wythe County Public Schools
The value of Breakfast After the Bell programs in Virginia has been demonstrated in findings from a 2015-2016 evaluation by the Virginia Department of Education. The evaluation showed an increase in attendance and a decrease in tardiness and discipline referrals. Overall, breakfast participation increased 13.6 percent, representing an increase of 1.27 million meals. Participating alternate breakfast model schools served more meals compared to a traditional model. More than 75 percent of principals, teachers and cafeteria managers agreed that more students were eating breakfast and fewer were hungry.
“No Kid Hungry Virginia is excited to help these schools expand the ways we’re feeding our students and ensure that no child in Virginia has to start their school day hungry,” said Claire Mansfield, No Kid Hungry Virginia state director. “Virginia has become a national model for ending childhood hunger and these school divisions are leading the way both in the Commonwealth and across the country.”
About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 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.
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