VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Nolasco
Date: 07/05/17 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 002 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: lauren.nolasco@vbschools.com

VBCPS and Summer Food Service Program partner to provide free meals for local children

As part of the Summer Food Service Program, which is an initiative funded by the Virginia Department of Health (VDOH), breakfast and lunch will be available for free for children 18-years-old and younger at select Virginia Beach schools this summer.

Children do not have to be enrolled in summer school or Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) to take part in the program.

The Summer Food Service Program provides federal funding to offer meals and snacks to children during the summer months when school is not in session. Nationally, the program helps to serve roughly 2 million children a day.

“In many cases, the only meals a student receives are the breakfast and lunch provided at school,” said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron C. Spence. “Research shows us the negative impact hunger has not only on a child’s development, but also his/her capability to learn. As such, as educators, and as a community, we have an important duty to do all that we can to ensure our students and the children of our city are properly fed.”

Here is the schedule for this year’s Summer Food Service Program:

School Dates Food service Hours Available
Birdneck Elementary
Diamond Springs Elementary
Newtown Elementary
Jun 19 - Aug. 18 Breakfast and lunch 8:45-9:15 a.m.
12:30-1:00 p.m.
Bayside MS Jun 26 - Aug. 4 Breakfast and lunch 8:45-9:15 a.m.
12:30-1:00 p.m.

Landstown Middle
Lynnhaven Middle

June 27 - Aug. 14

Breakfast

8:45-9:15 a.m.

Bayside High
Green Run High
June 27 - Aug. 14 Breakfast 7:30-8:00 a.m.
Seatack July 5 - 27 Breakfast and lunch 8:45-9:15 a.m.
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Brookwood Elementary
College Park Elementary
Green Run Elementary
Holland Elementary
Lynnhaven Elementary
Rosemont Elementary
July 10 - Aug. 3 Breakfast and lunch 8:45-9:15 a.m.
11:15-11:45 p.m.

Along with the Summer Food Service Program, VBCPS participates in several other programs to support food-insecure families in the city. Specifically, the division collaborates with the Virginia Beach Education Foundation to operate the Beach Bags program, which provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to students who might otherwise go hungry during weekends and school breaks. Additionally, all elementary schools offer Breakfast in the Classroom, and qualifying schools take part in the Supper Feeding Program as well as the Community Eligibility Program.

For more information about the VBCPS programs to support families, call the Office of Food Services at 757-263-1101. For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, visit the Virginia Department of Health website.

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