Healthy eating and learning go hand-in-hand in award-winning program
Posted on 07/17/2018
Former Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe serves breakfast to Potomac High School students from a hallway kiosk.The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) honored Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) July 17 with the top award in the annual Food for Thought competition, in the category of Meal Access to Fight Hunger, for districts of similar size.

The Office of School Food and Nutrition Services won the award for its contest entry, “Second Chance Breakfast at High School.” This program makes it easy for students to pick up their breakfast at hallway kiosks during class changes if they missed the first breakfast in the cafeteria.

PWCS serves students more than 58,000 lunches daily, but fewer than half those students eat school breakfast.

“Hungry kids face challenges with concentration and learning, so sampling the breakfast program may be just what they need to feed success,” said Adam Russo, director of School Food and Nutrition Services. “We’re excited to win, but more excited to meet the needs of our scholars,” Russo said.

PWCS school food initiatives include “grab & go” and “second chance” breakfast programs that make it easy for all students to get a healthy start, while eliminating any stigma associated with taking advantage of school meals.

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

Pictured: Former Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe (second from right) serves breakfast to students at Potomac High School on September 29, 2017. Adam Russo, director of School Food and Nutrition Services, stands next to Mrs. McAuliffe.