BV School Nutritionists Honored

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BUENA VISTA school nutrition director Becky Brown (right) and assistant director Mary Poe (left) work to serve up nutritious, free lunches as part of the Buena Vista summer meal program. (photo courtesy of Buena Vista Public Schools)

Brown, Poe Led Expansion Of Summer Meals Program

Two women in Buena Vista have been awarded for their efforts to fight hunger in their community.

Becky Brown and Mary Poe, director and assistant director of Buena Vista’s school nutrition, respectively, worked to expand the summer meal program to all schools in the division this past summer.

The success of their program gained national recognition and the two were named in the No Kid Hungry Summer Hero Hall of Fame, an honor that recognizes and celebrates those who go above and beyond to find innovative ways to ensure children get the food and nutrition they need during the summer months.

“Hall of Fame inductees not only showcase the incredible commitment that exists throughout the commonwealth to help feed children experiencing hunger, but also the deep wells of creativity and energy to make it all possible,” said Claire Mansfield, director of No Kid Hungry Virginia.

In Buena Vista, the summer meal program offered free meals to all students at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the city division each day through the summer vacation.

“Everybody loved it,” Brown said of the successful program.

Brown told The News-Gazette parents were able to see their children receive good, quality meals through the program. According to No Kid Hungry Virginia, summer can be the hungriest time of year for many children from low-income families. The summer meals program in Buena Vista helped make an impact on students whose well-being, health and ability to learn were otherwise at risk because of hunger in the summer months.

“Most everything was made from scratch,” Brown said, detailing restaurant-ready meals made by the summer nutrition staff.

Brown also noted fruits and vegetables as a pillar of the summer meals program, making sure students received flavorful, nutritious meals that promoted a balanced diet.

Brown, Poe and their staff have no intentions of slowing their outreach efforts for the Buena Vista school community after gaining recognition as Summer Heroes.

“This is something that will definitely continue,” Brown said.

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