Virginia schools establish program to combat student food insecurity

The program will begin this month

School lunch is served on a cafeteria table. (WKMG)

The Virginia Department of Education is working alongside regional food hubs to provide students with almost $2.2 million worth of healthy meals.

The Centralized Local Procurement Pilot Program is meant to help school nutrition programs, avoid supply chain disruptions and strengthen regional food systems.

VDOE has identified over 70 school divisions as eligible to join the program based on their proximity to a regional food hub.

The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Supply Chain Assistance grant and will officially begin once the list of participating school divisions is finalized this month.