School Board approves CACFP and Project 365 Grants

The Lee County School Board officially approved Project 365 and a Child and Adult Care Food Program Grant at their regular monthly meeting on Thursday after concerns about clarification of the boards decision. Project 365 includes:

-All students in these schools will receive 3 meals per day, at no cost to the student, for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

-Families of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals in these schools will receive $60 per month, per child, in electronic benefitsin June, July and August 2016, to be spent on food.

-All students and their familiesin these schools will be eligible for nutrition education classes offered by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

-All students in these schoolswill receive a backpack of food for weekends and short school breaks.

 

The Commonwealth of Virginia seeks to demonstrate that childhood hunger among school-aged children can be eliminated by ensuring that children have access to healthy meals where they live, learn, and play 365 days a year.

CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.

Through CACFP, more than 3.3 million children and 120,000 adults receive nutritious meals and snacks each day as part of the day care they receive.

See how CACFP can make a difference in the quality of your program! Whether you are a provider in your home, at a day care center, in an afterschool care program, or in an emergency shelter, you will find many useful resources for serving nutritious meals and snacks.

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