News & Announcements
NEW! Team Nutrition Training Program eModules Now Available!
National School Lunch Week is October 14-18, 2019
Enroll in the Virginia Breakfast Challenge October 1 – December 31
October is National Farm to School Month
Virginia Harvest of the Month materials available upon request
2019 Civil Rights Training Presentation Available
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.↩
Celebrate National School Lunch Week: October 14-18, 2019
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves more than 30 million children every school day. President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom.
During this annual weeklong celebration, SNA members and students round the country celebrate in their cafeterias, schools and districts with special menus, events, student activities, and more.
The 2019 NSLW theme is “SchoolLunch: What’s on Your Playlist” which spotlights how today’s school cafeterias are serving up the menu items that kids want to eat, with increased choice and customization.
SNA’s #NSLW19 campaign offers a full “playlist” of tools and resources, including social media tips, to help you promote your program to students, parents, and the local community.
Enroll in the 4th Annual Virginia Breakfast Challenge October 1 – December 31, 2019
What is the #VABreakfast Challenge?
From October 1 through December 31, 2019, schools across the Commonwealth will compete for prizes and recognition by increasing participation in their school breakfast program.
As more kids participate in school breakfast, chances for winning will grow! School divisions of similar enrollment size compete against each other and winners will be named in the Spring of 2020.
How can my school get involved?
We welcome sign-ups from anyone! Parents, teachers, administrators, school nutrition staff, school counselors or others can enroll schools in the Challenge today simply by clicking on the “Sign up now!” button on the Virginia Breakfast Challenge website and filling out a brief form.
To increase participation in your school breakfast program, consider an alternative breakfast model. Alternative Breakfast Models are shown to boost participation in your breakfast programs, helping you fill the stomachs of more children.
For schools that already have stellar participation in the School Breakfast Program, consider taking it to the next level by entering the GOLD category. Divisions can win prizes and cash for finding ways to improve school breakfast nutritional quality, integrating Farm to School, or incorporating other program innovations. Check out the GOLD Category Scorecard and Criteria for more details.
For more information about the Virginia Breakfast Challenge, please email email@example.com.
October is National Farm to School Month
National Farm to School Month is a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food! From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, schools, farms, communities and organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. Territories take part in the celebrations. The National Farm to School Network advocated for the creation of National Farm to School Month by Congress in 2010 and now organizes the annual celebration with dozens of partners across the country.
Check out the free National Farm to School Network resources for planning and promoting celebrations in your community, including the Farm to School Month Celebration Toolkit, customizable posters and bookmarks, stickers and more.
Spread the Word: Shout out about farm to school and share what you’re doing for National Farm to School Month with the hashtags #F2SMonth and #farmtoschool on social media.
For more information about Virginia Farm to School programs, please contact Trista Grigsby, the VDOE Farm to School Specialist at Trista.Grigsby@doe.virginia.gov.
School Nutrition Calendar
Go to the School Nutrition Programs Calendar for information about upcoming events.
Tell Us about Your School Nutrition Events!
Please complete the Virginia School Nutrition Events Form to share all nutrition-related events, awards, and recognitions happening in your school division.
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To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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