The treatment schools in each of the participating school divisions will participate in each of the programs below:
- School Breakfast Program (SBP)
The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritious breakfast meals to students. The U. S. Department of Agriculture administers this program at the Federal level. DOE administers the program at the state level and school divisions administer the program at the local level. Breakfast menus must meet meal patterns which model the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. All students in treatment schools will be offered breakfast at no charge.
In Virginia, the School Breakfast Program is administered by the Virginia Department of Education.
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced lunches to school-aged children. DOE administers the NSLP at the state level, and school divisions operate the program at the local level through agreements with DOE. Participating school divisions receive USDA cash subsidies and donated commodities for each meal served that meets Federal nutrition standards and meal patterns. All students in treatment schools will be offered lunch at no charge.
In Virginia, the National School Lunch Program is administered by the Virginia Department of Education.
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
CACFP provides year-round federal funding to eligible childcare, family day care, Head Start, at-risk after school care, emergency shelter and adult care centers. This funding is used to provide nutritious meals and snacks to lower income participants in these care programs. Funding for CACFP also helps make these care programs more affordable for families. Nationally, CACFP serves 3.2 million children and 112,000 adults a day. All students in treatment schools will be offered an after-school supper at no charge.
In Virginia, the Child and Adult Care Food Program is administered by the Virginia Department of Health.
- Weekend Backpack Program
All students in treatment schools will be offered a bag of food that is child-friendly, nutritious, nonperishable, and easy to prepare/eat. Each backpack offers enough food for children to easily assemble into six healthy meals over the weekend when schools are unable to provide breakfasts or lunches.
The backpack program in Richmond City’s treatment schools will be administered by FeedMore . The backpack program in Southwest Virginia will be administered by Feeding America Southwest Virginia.
Additionally, the families of students in treatment schools will receive:
Nutrition Education through the Virginia Cooperative Extension
The Family Nutrition Program’s mission is to teach limited-resource families and youth how to make healthier food choices and become better managers of available food resources for optimal health and growth. Our programs focus on basic nutrition, physical activity, safe food handling, and thrifty food shopping. Families of all students in treatment schools will be offered nutrition education.
The Family Nutrition Program is offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension, an educational outreach partnership between Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.
Enhanced Summer Benefit through Virginia Department of Social Services
As part of the Virginia 365 Project, eligible families will receive an enhanced summer benefit. The summer benefits will be provided to families on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The enhanced benefits will be expended during summer months (June, July and August) for eligible students in all treatment schools. In Virginia, the EBT card is issued by the Virginia Department of Social Services.