COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 82
April 23, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: School Food Service Employee Recognition Day May 12, 1999
May 12, 1999, is "School Food Service Employee 
Recognition Day."   The Virginia Department of Education 
joins the Virginia School Food Service Association and 
the Virginia Department of Agriculture in recognizing the 
dedicated, hardworking professionals who prepare and 
serve good nutritious meals to students every school day. 
Their efforts and commitment to children may often go 
unnoticed in the busy daily routine; however, without 
them, the school day would be disrupted and many children 
would be hungry.

The school breakfast and lunch programs provide students 
with the energy and nutrients for optimal cognitive 
development and performance.  Research clearly demonstrates
the strong relationship between nutrition and readiness to learn.  
Access to healthy foods is essential and reinforces the 
classroom nutrition education.  Good nutrition education 
and services, both in the classroom and the cafeteria, 
allow students to gain the knowledge, skills, and 
motivation needed to make wise food choices. They learn 
that healthy foods are connected to physical, mental, 
emotional, and social health.  The employees of the 
school nutrition programs are crucial members of the 
educational team.  They provide nourishment to the 
students' bodies, so the educators can nourish their 
minds.

Please join us in showing your appreciation and 
recognizing the School Food Service members for their 
professionalism, commitment, and dedication to our 
future-the students of Virginia.

For more information contact Catherine Digilio Grimes, 
Director of School Nutrition Programs at (804) 225-2074.

PDS/idl