School Divisions in Richmond to Benefit from Grant to Fight Childhood Hunger

High-poverty schools in Richmond will partake in a demonstration project to reduce childhood hunger and improve food security among low-income families. Along with Mayor Jones, Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe announced Monday at Woodville Elementary their plan to help fight hunger among school-age children. U.S Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was also in attendance after announcing last week the $8.8 million federal grant that will fund the anti-hunger effort in Virginia. Students in the selected schools will be offered breakfast, lunch, and after-school dinner, as well as packs of non-perishable food to take home on weekends and breaks for the 2015-2016 school year.

“This project is about breaking down the barriers that separate hungry children and families from the good food they need,” said First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.