PRESS RELEASE: USDA announces free lunches for all students through 2021-22 school year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DATE: April 22, 2021 USDA announces free lunches for all students through 2021-22 school year The extension will bring relief to millions of food-insecure families. RICHMOND, VA – The United States Department of Agriculture has extended universal free lunch for all students through the next school year, bringing relief to millions of […]

This Ramadan, join us in fighting hunger in Virginia

Sunday marked the start of Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink (even water) from dawn to sunset to learn and practice self-control, gratitude, and compassion. Ramadan is a month of contemplation, devotion, and spiritual rejuvenation. While we contemplate our own hunger, we become mindful […]

More Virginia students have access to breakfast, according to 2019 School Breakfast Report

For students who come from food insecure households, school breakfast can be the first meal after hours or even an entire weekend without food. School meals are vitally important to communities with high levels of poverty and insecurity. In our 2019 annual school breakfast report, we’ve outlined how each federal nutrition program works, the participation […]

Anti-Lunch Shaming Bill

By Kathleen Murphy Child Nutrition Specialist Virginia Hunger Solutions   Across the state, around 11 am, millions of students flood cafeterias ready to eat. Many have packed lunches from home. Others buy their lunches from the school cafeteria. As students approach the cash register they enter a pin number, say their name, or pay for the […]

New Hunger Report Shows Hunger Still a Problem; Should Spark Actions

Post-recession America still has a somewhat hidden problem- hunger. Hunger is not always evident in communities or nationwide, but the Food Research and Action Center’s new report shows that “food hardship” is still a significant problem. “Food hardship” is defined as not having enough money to buy food that you or your family needed in […]

Virginia Hunger Solutions Debuts School Breakfast Report with First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe

  Virginia Hunger Solutions (VHS), a project of the Virginia Poverty Law Center in conjunction with the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), debuted their first Annual School Breakfast Report: Food for Thought. The report highlights the marked improvement in implementing Breakfast in the Classroom and the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), across the state of […]

Celebrating Richmond’s Hunger-Free Schools

Last week, VPLC was honored to be a part of an event to celebrate hunger-free schools in Richmond.  Through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), Richmond Public Schools (RPS) became one of the first school systems in Virginia to implement CEP districtwide. As a result, RPS provides breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge […]

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