Food for Thought
Have you ever tried to concentrate on something when you are hungry? Our students cannot focus on academics if their stomachs are empty. That’s why the School Nutrition Department of Petersburg City Public Schools works to ensure that children receive nutritious meals, free of charge.
New this year-Farm to School with 4P
Petersburg City Public Schools is proud to have been chosen as part of a pilot program, partnering with 4P Foods (one of 61 districts across Virginia) participating in the @vdoesnp Centralized Local Procurement Pilot Program. We are partnering with @4pfoods to get fresh, local food onto the plates of our students! #VAFarmtoSchool.
Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL Students
Every Petersburg student, as part of the Community Eligibility Provision of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is entitled to one free breakfast and one lunch every day. Starting on the first day, every day that school is in session, Petersburg students receive free nutritious meals. The breakfasts are grab-and-go, allowing students to select their breakfast as they arrive at school and eat it in their classroom. This allows an earlier start for instruction. Lunches are served and eaten in school cafeterias.
The Community Eligibility Provision allows school districts with high percentages of low-income children to drop the complicated application process for families and offer free breakfasts and lunches to all students. This improves access to nutritious meals, simplifies life for families, cuts down on time spent in cashier lines and eliminates any stigma attached to the “free and reduced-price meal” label. The Community Eligibility Provision continues over the summer so students can continue to receive free these meals at summer school and other sites. Click here to learn more about this federal program.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
This federal program provides samples of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school year. Through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, students can sample delicious and nutritious foods they might not otherwise encounter, such as kiwi fruit, fresh pineapple and spinach. All the elementary schools and Westview are enrolled in this program.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is an important tool in efforts to combat childhood obesity by successfully introducing children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not sample. Click here for more information about this federal program.
Food Services Department
920 E. Wythe St.
Petersburg, VA 23803
Donna Dillard, Administrative Assisitant
Vanessa Wynn, Field Supervisor
Sandy Stokes, SNS
Supervisor of School Nutrition