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Virginia Farm to School Week is scheduled for October 1-5, 2018
Studies show that well-nourished students are better prepared to learn. To that end, schools help provide a healthy environment through nutritious meals, healthy snacks, and opportunities for physical education and nutrition education. Through School Nutrition Programs approximately 112 million lunches, 55 million breakfasts, and 900,000 afterschool snacks are served during the school year in Virginia public schools.
The Virginia Department of Education, Office of School Nutrition Programs provides leadership and assistance to school divisions in developing effective and comprehensive nutrition services that result in children making educated, healthful choices.
*Based on 2017-2018 data.↩
School Nutrition Calendar
Go to the School Nutrition Programs Calendar for information about upcoming events.
Make Some Noise for Virginia Farm to School!
Virginia Farm to School Week is scheduled for October 1-5, 2018 to coincide with National Farm to School Month and recognize the importance of Farm to School in improving child nutrition, supporting local economies, and educating students about the origins of food. Virginia school divisions typically celebrate by featuring locally-procured foods on menus, organizing school garden parties, taking field trips to local family farms, hosting poster contests, inviting guest farmers to classrooms and cafeterias, and engaging in other related educational activities.
On Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM make some noise for Virginia Farm to School Programs by participating in the Crunch Heard ‘Round the Commonwealth, an event where all participants simultaneously take a bite out of a locally-grown apple. Start planning your event with the FREE Toolkit and promotional materials!
All Virginians are encouraged to participate and "The Crunch" may be celebrated at any location (ie.e classroom, cafeteria, office, outdoors, etc. Visit http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/marketing-virginia-farm-to-school-program.shtml for more details.
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