CHARLESTON, W.Va - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Child Nutrition on Wednesday recognized West Virginia Senate Majority Leader John R. Unger with the Robert J. Freiler Award during the state National School Lunch Program Conference in Morgantown.
Unger, D-Berkeley, received the award for his work on the recently passed Feed to Achieve Act. The award is named for Robert J. Freiler, a former mid-Atlantic regional director of special nutrition programs for the U.S. Department of Education who spent six decades promoting child nutrition.
"Sen. Unger has dedicated himself to improving child nutrition programs in West Virginia," said state Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. "This award is in recognition of his exemplary service and especially for the influential leadership he exhibited in introducing the Feed to Achieve Act. I cannot think of a more deserving person to receive this award."
The Feed to Achieve Act, recently signed into law by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, focuses on improving the nutrition, physical activity and health of West Virginia's children. It supports federal child nutrition programs and federal feeding programs that are already in place. The law requires the WVDE and each county board of education to establish a fund to support increasing participation in nutrition programs.
Also during the WVDE's conference, four counties and two schools were awarded for their exemplary child nutrition practices. Awards were presented to Mercer County, Most Improved Breakfast Participation; Mason County, Highest Breakfast Participation Rate; Kanawha County, Most Improved Lunch Participation; Tyler County, Highest Lunch Participation Rate; Point Pleasant Intermediate, Highest Breakfast Participation Rate; and Jumping Branch Elementary, Highest Lunch Participation Rate.
For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education's Communication Office at 304-558-2699.