COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 105

April 25, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week - May 5-9, 2008

 

The Virginia Department of Education joins schools across the nation in recognizing the contributions of school nutrition professionals during School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week, May 5-9, 2008.

 

Preparing healthy school meals, sharing nutrition information, and offering a friendly greeting are all in a day's work for nearly 12,000 school nutrition employees working in Virginia's public schools. More than 700,000 lunches and 200,000 breakfasts are served to students each school day in Virginia.

 

For many students, school meals are the most important and nutrient-rich meals of their day. Students and their families depend upon school meals for one-third to one-half of a student's daily nutritional intake. The U.S. Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, found that school meals are healthy and children who eat school meals consume more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy items than those who do not. 

 

The dedicated professionals who plan, prepare, and serve nutritious school meals provide essential support to students as they strive to achieve high academic standards and optimal health. School divisions are asked to join the Department of Education in recognizing the important contributions of school nutrition employees to the success of our students.

 

For more information, please contact the assigned school nutrition program specialist or Catherine Digilio Grimes, director of school nutrition programs, at (804) 225-2074.

 

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