This week - the week of August 6th, 2021 - the five-day meal box mailings will come to a close. Thank you to everyone that signed up!
We will also not offer virtual meals this fall. Please be sure to check this website frequently for in-school menus and pertinent wellness and nutritional information. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Child Nutrition office at 304-530-2348, extension 9223.
HARDY COUNTY SCHOOLS' MEAL PROGRAMS
An effective school breakfast program is not an interruption of the school day; it is an integral and vital part of the school day. All Hardy County schools offer an innovative breakfast program that not only includes breakfast before school starts, but also provides another type of breakfast option after the bell. Students eat breakfast at one of the meal times.
Hardy County Schools strives to offer students a diverse menu of nutritious food items. Taste tests and mock 'elections' for food items have been held at schools for students, and more are to come. This enables students to have a voice regarding the food they eat. Students are required to have a generous amount of time to eat once they receive their meal according to State Policy 4321.1 (S126-86-8), and Hardy County Schools enforces this policy.
After-School Supper Program:
Hardy County Schools will offer a program this fall that feeds students who are involved in after-school activities. The program is via CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program), and it is currently offered at five of the six schools in the County (MES, MMS, MHS, EHEMS, EHHS), through the end of the school year. Any child that stays after school where it is being offered may enjoy a supper meal at no cost. This program has been well-received by students and will continue throughout the school year. Please check with your child's school for the days/times it is offered.
Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
The Child Nutrition department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. Students are provided with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods to meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
Childhood Hunger in WV
Even though West Virginia has been leading the nation in serving nutritionally balanced meals to its students, these same children still know hunger. More than 1-in-4 West Virginia children live in a household that does not have sufficient access to food. 60% of West Virginia school-aged children qualify for free or reduced-priced school meals. That's more than 173,000 children whose family household income is below or nearly below the federal poverty level. Our children deserve to have their most basic needs met in order to live vibrant, productive lives. We must end childhood hunger in West Virginia...that's where West Virginia Feed to Achieve will make a long-lasing impact! For more information visit wvde.state.wv.us/feed-to-achieve/about.html
Farm-to-School for Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Across the country, an increasing number of schools and districts have begun to source more foods locally and to provide complementary educational activities to students that emphasize food, farming, and nutrition. This nationwide movement is designed to enrich children’s bodies and minds while supporting local economies is often referred to as “farm to school.”
The objectives of Nutrition Services Department is to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias and improve student nutrition, while providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities...and we want to support our local and regional farmers.
The key is to make these fresh options available and to get kids to try new things. Farm to School programs link school students and farmers in a way that improves foods offered in schools, educates kids about healthy eating and local foods, and creates income opportunities for farmers supplying to schools.
A Farm-to-School Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program can be an important catalyst for change in our efforts to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn more healthful eating habits. It has also been proven to be a successful way to introduce kids and teens to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.