News & Announcements
Virginia Farm to School Week is October 7-11, 2019 - Toolkit coming soon!
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.↩
Virginia Farm to School Week is October 7-11, 2019
Dates for this year's Virginia Farm to School Week are October 7-11, 2019. The Third Annual Crunch Heard 'Round the Commonwealth will be held October 9, 2019 to raise awareness of Virginia's growing Farm to School network. Virginia schools, education centers, businesses, and community organizations are all encouraged to simultaneously take a bite out of a local (Virginia) apple or other produce item to create the Crunch Heard 'Round the Commonwealth and make some noise for Virginia Farm to School programs. More information and a digital Toolkit will be available for download soon so stay tuned!
Virginia Harvest of the Month Program
Virginia Harvest of the Month (HOM) is part of the Virginia Farm to School movement, which promotes seasonal eating and increased fruit and vegetable consumption while helping to support the local economy.
Every Virginia school received a complete set of HOM materials during the program launch in March 2019. Additional HOM materials are available upon request in digital (jump drive) and printed formats from the VDOE Office of School Nutrition. Please contact Trista Grigsby, Farm to School Specialist, via email at email@example.com to request Virginia HOM materials.