RELEASE: School Districts Across Commonwealth Recognized with 2019 Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition Awards

November 13, 2019

[Contact: Claire Mansfield at 804.692.2545 or cmansfield@strength.org]

Richmond, VA (Nov. 13, 2019) – Three new school divisions, along with 12 repeat winners, received the Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition Award presented by No Kid Hungry Virginia this November.

The Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition Award celebrates Virginia school divisions that have gone above and beyond by operating all available federal child nutrition programs and achieving exceptional participation in the school breakfast program. Originally launched in 2017, the award is named in honor of former First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, in recognition of her efforts to end childhood hunger in the Commonwealth.

“Virginia has become a national model for ending childhood hunger because of the hard work and innovative approaches of this year’s School Nutrition Award recipients,” said Mrs. McAuliffe. “We’re thrilled to celebrate these school districts for their ongoing commitment to making sure students can access the meals and other resources they need to succeed.”

First-time winners include:
● Franklin County Public Schools
● Greensville County Public Schools
● Suffolk City Public Schools

Second and third-year winners include:
● Bristol City Public Schools
● Buchanan County Public Schools
● Colonial Beach Public Schools
● Danville City Public Schools
● Harrisonburg City Public Schools
● Newport News City Public Schools
● Pulaski County Public Schools
● Richmond City Public Schools
● Southampton County Public Schools
● Staunton City Public Schools
● Westmoreland County Public Schools
● West Point Public Schools

“Schools play a critical role in connecting children with the nutrition they need to fuel their bodies and their brains,” said Claire Mansfield, No Kid Hungry Virginia state director. “We’re excited to honor more school districts this year. It’s thanks to strong public-private partnerships and commitments from community members, school leadership, teachers and school nutrition teams that we’ve been able to connect more schools – and students – with federal nutrition programs.”

To qualify for the award, school divisions met the following criteria:
● School Breakfast: At least 70% of students who qualify for free/reduced meals and eat school lunch are also eating school breakfast.
● Afterschool Meals: Division is sponsoring and serving meals/snacks through the At-Risk Afterschool Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), if eligible.
● Summer Meals: Division is sponsoring and serving summer meals through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Seamless Summer Option (SSO), if eligible.

No Kid Hungry Virginia partners with schools and districts to connect eligible kids to federal nutrition programs. Programs like Breakfast After the Bell, afterschool meals and summer meals help feed kids throughout the school day and in the summertime.

The nonprofit shares best practices via webinars and educational events, along with expanding access to meal programs through grants. Visit va.nokidhungry.org for more information about No Kid Hungry Virginia’s work.

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About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 7 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.