PWCS receives 2019 VSBA Food for Thought Award
Posted on 08/02/2019
From L-R: VSBA President Tyrone Foster, Alyson Satterwhite, Babur B. Lateef, MD, Lillie Jessie, Nathan Botwright with ABM

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) honored Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) with top honors in the annual Food for Thought competition, for districts of similar size, in the category of Meal Access to Fight Hunger.

The PWCS Office of School Food and Nutrition Services won the award for its contest entry, “Supper Program.” This program was created with the support of the School Board to increase access to meals and to help reduce childhood hunger ensuring at-risk students in the county have access to three nutritious meals each school day. Supper features the same nutritious choices that PWCS students enjoy for breakfast and lunch.

“Many of our scholars don’t know where their next meal is coming from outside of the school day. If we can play a part in lessening that insecurity, then we have done a service to those scholars and their ability to learn,” said Adam Russo, director of School Food and Nutrition Services.

The program is fully funded under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), so meals are free for anyone under the age of 18. Schools can participate in the program if more than 50 percent of students in their respective school qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

The program was implemented in 2016 at one school site, having served approximately 7,000 meals. The supper program has since grown to 18 sites, increasing the number of meals to 165,000 for the 2018-19 school year.

Awards were presented at the VSBA conference on education in Richmond, Virginia.