Summer Food Service Program Day 2016


WHEREAS, summer is a difficult time for children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nutrition during the school year; and

WHEREAS, 87% of Virginia students who rely on these meals do not participate in the Summer Food Service Program; and

WHEREAS, through partnership and collaboration, the Commonwealth of Virginia has made tremendous strides in improving access to nutritious meals for children during the summer; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Health administers the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals during the summer at community centers, libraries, schools, and faith-based organizations; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Education plays a significant role in helping schools provide meals to children in need during the summer; and

WHEREAS, it is critical to raise public awareness of child hunger and nutrition, the necessity of the Summer Food Service Program, and the importance of increased access to the various meal sites in communities throughout Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Virginians can text "Food" to 877-877 to find free summer meal sites near them;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 27, 2016, as SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.