Northumberland schools offer meals to all children and achieve 100% distance-learning assignment access

Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

CLARAVILLE—The Northumberland school nutritional program is offering every child in the county free breakfast and lunch, beginning this week.

Regardless of whether they attend Northumberland schools or not, every child in Northumberland County below the age of 18 will be entitled to meals. These meals will be delivered to students via a Meals on Wheels program, which utilizes school buses to bring a week’s supply of food to students on Wednesdays. Previously, this program was only available to students attending Northumberland County Public Schools (NCPS).

When you go up and you’re giving a bag to a seventh grader and there’s a three-year-old child there, what do you do? It’s kind of hard,” said director of nutrition Saunee Hamlett.

Schools in Virginia normally operate under the National School Lunch Program, a federal meal assistance program for public and nonprofit private schools, during the academic year. This program establishes strict guidelines for what foods students consume and does not entitle non-students to free meals.

However, because the COVID-19 virus pandemic has caused students across the county to switch to distance learning…

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