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, 1.46 million lunches, 49.8 million breakfasts and 1,372,712 afterschool snacks are served on a typical day in Virginia public schools.
VDOE provides leadership and assistance to school divisions in developing effective and comprehensive nutrition services that result in children making educated, healthful choices.
Celebrate Virginia Farm to School Week!
Virginia Farm to School Week is scheduled for October 2-6, 2017 to coincide with National Farm to School Month. This year, we are encouraging schools and education centers to “Make some Noise for Virginia Farm to School Programs” to recognize the importance of these programs in improving child nutrition, supporting local economies, and educating students about the origins of food. Virginia school divisions 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 October 4 at 10:00 a.m., schools are encouraged to show their support for Virginia Farm to School efforts by participating in the Crunch Heard ‘Round the Commonwealth, an event where all participants simultaneously take a bite out of a locally-grown apple.
Click HERE to register for the “Crunch” Event and download a FREE copy of the 2017 Toolkit!
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