West Virginia Enacts Feed to Achieve Act
With overwhelming bipartisan support, West Virginia legislators enacted the Feed to Achieve Act this year creating a public-private effort that aims to provide all of the state’s school children with free breakfast and lunch. Although enacted by the state legislature, the program relies on both state funds and private donations to pay for school breakfast, lunch and other food-related programs in the state’s public schools. Nonprofit efforts initiated by Feed to Achieve also aim to maximize the availability of federal school meal funds for West Virginia school children. All private donations received will be used for school food. The program’s multiple goals include:
The legislation also supports community and/or school gardens, to give children a better sense of where their food originates.
- Purchasing locally grown foods for schools for their nutritional value.
- Helping local farmers and the local agricultural economy with those purchases.
- Supplementing food availability for school children in need with afterschool and backpack nutrition programs to ensure that children have enough to eat on weekends and during school holidays and summer breaks.
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LegisBrief: State Innovations in School Nutrition
LegisBrief: Farm to School Policies
LegisBrief: Improving Child Nutrition
NCSL Web Page: Community gardens
State Actions to Promote Healthy Communities and Prevent Childhood Obesity: Summary and Analysis of Trends in Legislation
West Virginia Senate Bill 663 – Feed to Achieve Act