FCPS Receives $200K Grant from No Kid Hungry
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) has been awarded a $200,000 grant from No Kid Hungry to support meal service to students—particularly those in need—by expanding awareness of the program countywide.
Throughout the pandemic, FCPS has provided breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners to students countywide. From the COVID-19 shutdown in March until the start of the 2020-21 school year in September, FNS has served 2.4 million meals using grab and go models, mobile pop-up sites, and meal service via bus routes. Bulk meal distribution (delivery of a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches) has also been added to help families who may not be able to come to a pickup site every day. Meals are accessible at 145 sites countywide.
Grant funds will be focused on feeding students and will be used to expand engagement to families and students through the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) and SFSP (Summer Food Service Program), providing supplemental nutritional produce and nutrition activities, and offering useful student giveaways (such as reusable water bottles) to encourage participation. Some of the funds will be used to keep food service staff members safe and healthy during the winter months.
Details about food distribution, including current locations, can be found online.
For additional information, contact the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.