The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction awarded No Kid Hungry North Carolina the Friend of School Nutrition Award at the annual School Nutrition Conference on November 2nd. The award is given to advocates who support school nutrition beyond the scope of their normal professional duties.
“The award was a wonderful surprise,” said Lou Anne Crumpler, State Director of No Kid Hungry NC. “Most gratifying was the response from the approximately 400 school nutrition and government agency professionals in the room when they stood to applaud. We were amazed and so thankful that the work we are doing for school nutrition, with the support of HPDP and UNC-Chapel Hill, was recognized in this way.”
No Kid Hungry also signed on three additional school districts to participate in their Breakfast Challenge during the conference, bringing their total to 100 out of the 115 school districts in North Carolina.
The goal of No Kid Hungry is to end childhood hunger in communities across the country by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs such as school breakfast and summer meals. The campaign also aims to educate and empower low-income families to stretch their food budgets and provide healthier meals for their kids. HPDP’s initiative with No Kid Hungry North Carolina is to help expand access to federal nutrition programs including School Breakfast and Summer Meals to reduce hunger in NC children.