NNPS Child Nutrition department earns nutrition award


Posted: March 3, 2020

The Child Nutrition Services Department earned a 2019 Dorothy S. McAuliffe School Nutrition Award for expanding meal service to students.

The award celebrates Virginia school divisions that have gone above and beyond by operating all available federal child nutrition programs and achieving exceptional participation in the school breakfast program. The award, presented by No Kid Hungry Virginia, is named in honor of former First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe in recognition of her efforts to end childhood hunger in the Commonwealth.

To qualify for the award, school divisions must ensure that at least 70% of students who qualify for free/reduced meals eat breakfast and lunch; and the school division must serve afterschool meals and summer meals.

Beginning this school year, all Newport News public school students can receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch free of charge, thanks to the school division's participation in the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. The CNS Department also serves meals or snacks to students in afterschool programs; provides three meals to students in SPARK, the Summer Program for Arts, Recreation and Knowledge; and serves a free lunch to youth at several locations throughout the city during the summer.

"Virginia has become a national model for ending childhood hunger because of the hard work and innovative approaches of this year's School Nutrition Award recipients," said Dorothy McAuliffe following the announcement of the 2019 awardees.

Fifteen school divisions received the award in 2019. Newport News Public Schools is a three-time winner and is the only school division on the Virginia Peninsula to earn this recognition.

Superintendent Dr. George Parker (left) and School Board Chairman Gary Hunter (right) recognized the Child Nutrition Services Leadership team at the February School Board meeting.
Superintendent Dr. George Parker (left) and School Board Chairman Gary Hunter (right) recognized the Child Nutrition Services Leadership team at the February School Board meeting.