NUTRITION & SCHOOL MEALS
Childhood hunger is linked to academic struggles, difficulties focusing and concentrating, mental health disorders, and increased behavioral referrals. School meals help close the nutrition gap that exists for low-income families and plays a critical role in youth dietary behaviors. In Virginia 1.3 million students participate in the National School Lunch Program and 45.59% of our students are eligible for free or reduced price lunches. As a result of inadequate funding, even with federal subsidies for the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs, many schools and school districts sell competitive foods to cover the cost of operating a school nutrition program.
o Virginia PTA asks that the Board of Education, in cooperation with the Department of Health, discontinue the practice of allowing competitive foods to be sold during school hours alongside the school meal.
o Virginia PTA supports efforts to ensure access to school meals are extended to families through the COVID-19 pandemic
SCHOOL NUTRITION RESOURCES
- RESOLUTION: Discontinue Sale of Competitive Foods During School Hours
- RESOLUTION: Agriculture Education, School Gardens and Farm to School
- National PTA Toolkit: National PTA School Meal Leader Guide | Healthy School Meals
- National PTA Position: Improving School Meals
- National PTA Position: Nutrition for Children and Families
- Policy Letters regarding USDA Waivers and SNAP eligibility can be found on National PTA and Virginia PTA’s positions page.
QUESTIONS: Email Vice President of Advocacy