News & Announcements
NEW! Team Nutrition Training Program eModules Now Available!
Virginia Farm to School Week is October 7-11, 2019 – Start planning your event with the FREE Digital Toolkit!
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.↩
Make some Noise for Farm to School during Virginia Farm to School Week: October 7-11, 2019
Virginia Farm to School Week is scheduled for October 7-11, 2019 to coincide with National Farm to School Month and recognize the importance of Farm to School in improving child nutrition, supporting local economies, and educating students about the origins of food. Virginia schools and child care centers typically celebrate by featuring locally-procured foods on menus, organizing school garden parties, taking field trips to local family farms, hosting poster contests, inviting guest farmers to classrooms and cafeterias, and engaging in other related educational activities.
On Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. make some noise for Virginia Farm to School programs by participating in the third annual Crunch Heard ‘Round the Commonwealth, an event where all participants simultaneously take a bite out of a locally-grown (Virginia) apple. Start planning your event with the FREE Toolkit and promotional materials!
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.
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.
USDA Procurement Review Information
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.