Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) on Wednesday spotlighted the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Child Nutrition for its efforts to feed public school students. The Office of Child Nutrition recently received the 2014 Southern Legislative Conference State Transformation in Action Recognition (STAR).
“We applaud the Office of Child Nutrition for the unwavering work of its dedicated staff,” said Board President Gayle Manchin. “Together we can all make West Virginia a healthy hunger-free state one meal at a time.”
The office was nationally recognized for its work to support and promote the West Virginia Feed to Achieve Act. The West Virginia Feed to Achieve Act is a progressive piece of legislation and is the first of its kind in the nation. The need for the bill was simple - every child needs nutritious meals in order to achieve his or her potential. Due to high rates of poverty in West Virginia, meals provided at school are often the only nutritious meals many children receive daily. The West Virginia Feed to Achieve Act not only requires that every child is given an opportunity to eat a minimum of two nutritious meals per instructional day, it also creates public-private partnerships to secure funding that will provide children with access to healthy, nutritious meals outside of the school day. The West Virginia Feed to Achieve Act will fill in the gaps when kids are most at risk for proper nutrition: after school, weekends, during the summer months, holidays and snow days.
“It is a true honor to have received this award,” said Richard Goff, executive director of the WVDE Office of Child Nutrition. “The success of The Feed to Achieve Act and all of the programs lead by the Office of Child Nutrition is in thanks to the staff. These dedicated employees come to work each day with one goal – feeding West Virginia children who might otherwise go hungry.”
The Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), Southern Office of The Council of State Governments (CSG), has a long history of highlighting exceptional state government programs. The CSG Innovations Awards Program has recognized and promoted creative and successful state government programs and initiatives for nearly 40 years. Begun in 1975 as the Innovations Transfer Program, refined and renamed the CSG Innovations Awards in 1986, the program transitioned to the regional level in 2013. The SLC STAR Program is the Southern regional adaptation of the former, national CSG Innovations Awards program.
For more information contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.