Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) received top honors in the 2016 Virginia School Boards Association’s (VSBA) Food for Thought Competition.
According to a release, five area school division received the honor, and were recognized by Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe at the VSBA Conference on Education in Richmond.
The competition has three categories; healthy school meals, meal access to fight hunger, and wellness and physical activity, according to a release. MCPS was given first place in the healthy school meals category with their ‘Second Chance’ breakfast program, stated a release.
The competition was created in 2012 “to educate, engage, and empower school leaders to address childhood hunger and provide all students in Virginia with healthier, more nutritious school meals,” stated a release.
More on MCPS’ program, from a release:
The MCPS Second Chance Breakfast is a program that provides students with another opportunity during the school day to obtain a healthy, nutritious breakfast outside the normal breakfast hours. MCPS currently runs the program at Metz Middle and Mayfield Intermediate schools. The “grab-and-go” option allows students to “refuel” right in their classroom. According to school staff, this is especially beneficial for students who have a later lunch period.
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