COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
July 17, 2015
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The fiscal year 2016 state budget provides $537,297 to support increasing the number of school breakfast meals served to students through an alternative service model, as defined later in this memo. Research shows students who eat a healthy school breakfast perform better academically and physically, have better school attendance, and demonstrate fewer behavioral issues. Increasing school breakfast participation can alleviate childhood hunger, improve nutrition, and ensure children have a healthy start to their day.
These state funds will be awarded through a competitive process to eligible school divisions. Divisions must submit the required application to the Department of Education by September 15, 2015, in order to be considered for funding. The application, instructions, detailed selection criteria, and submission timelines are available in Attachment A. The completed application must be submitted by the school division; applications from individual schools will not be accepted. State reimbursement of five-cents ($0.05) per reimbursable meal served will be provided for each approved school in the division. These funds must be credited to the financial account of the school nutrition program and may not be used for any other purpose. The school nutrition program financial reports submitted to the Department of Education will be monitored to determine compliance with this provision.
What is an Alternative School Breakfast Service Model?
Alternative school breakfast service models provide meals to students through a distribution method different than traditional cafeteria service, removing various obstacles associated with traditional cafeteria service that can prevent students from accessing school breakfast. Breakfast participation is made more convenient by serving it in such a way that students can easily access the meal. The most effective alternative breakfast models allow students to eat their meal after the school day has begun.
Alternative breakfast models provide students greater flexibility to eat “breakfast after the bell” – where school breakfast is provided after the official start of the school day. Meals can be served in the classroom, cafeteria, hallway kiosk, or other locations. Students have the opportunity to eat during the first 10-15 minutes of the school day. Delivery options vary; however, all models require students be given the opportunity to eat their breakfast after the school day has begun.
Some examples of alternative service models are:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
HOW TO APPLY: Applications (in Attachment A) must be completed and certified on a school division basis; individual school applications will not be accepted.
The application for State Funding for Alternative School Breakfast Service Models with original signatures of the division superintendent and the division school nutrition director must be received by the Virginia Department of Education no later than 4 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2015, via U.S. Mail or courier. Postmarks will not be accepted. Facsimile or electronic copies of the application will not be accepted. Send the original application by U.S. Mail or courier to:
Virginia Department of Education
Office of School Nutrition Programs, 21st floor
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
Grant opportunities from a variety of nonprofit organizations are also available to provide school divisions with start-up funding for their transition to alternative breakfast (i.e., equipment), as outlined in Attachment B. If you have questions or would like more information about these grant opportunities, contact Elizabeth Brightwell, Virginia No Kid Hungry program associate, at (804) 371-4281 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions or need additional information about alternative breakfast service models or the state funding application, contact the school nutrition program specialist assigned to the school division or Catherine Digilio Grimes, director of school nutrition programs, via e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone at (804) 225-2074.