The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Congress recently extended all Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waivers through the end of the 2020-21 school year.
That means all Chesterfield County youth ages 2-18 are eligible to receive free meals through June 18, 2021. The USDA previously had extended school nutrition waivers through December 2020 based upon funding available at that time.
Chesterfield County Public Schools is grateful for our Food and Nutrition Services heroes who have created innovative approaches to serving healthy and nutritious meals to our students during these unprecedented times. These waiver extensions provide flexibility for our Food and Nutrition Services team and empower them to continue services that allow parents to collect grab-and-go meals at curbside pick-up locations, so both virtual and hybrid learners can have safe and convenient access to meals.
Families struggling to make ends meet can now be assured that their children will continue to have access to healthy school meals for free through the end of the 2020-21 school year. All students, regardless of household income, who attend a Chesterfield school can receive a free breakfast and lunch meal each day whether they are learning in person or virtually.
As our Chesterfield community continues to recover and reopen, we encourage you to take advantage of this free meal program that is available to all children 18 years or younger. Click here to learn more about our current meals service options.
The Chesterfield County Council of PTAs held a mental health workshop for parents and students earlier this week. The focus was on mental health and the coordinated efforts with community mental health partners and schools to facilitate student transition and support.
Eric Faw, LPC from Chesterfield Prevention and Support Services, was the featured guest speaker and discussed many strategies that focus on mindfulness, wellness, teen-depression and suicide prevention. The zoom recording, the PowerPoint presentation and the resources mentioned during the event are all available here: bit.ly/cccptamentalhealth.
Below are some mental health support resources provided by the guest speaker and Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Department of School Counseling Services:
Chesterfield County Mental Health
6801 Lucy Corr Ct. Chesterfield, Va 23832
Mental Health Resources 24/7
The Crisis Text Line is an amazing resource for students or family members who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the National Alliance of Mental Illness also are respected resources.
As we head into the winter months, here are tips for managing stress and anxiety this winter.
Action for Happiness provides positive calendars with daily suggestions for building a more positive mental health environment. The calendars are published every month with different themes, such as mindfulness and coping strategies.
As we navigate the next few months, it is important that all Chesterfield families should practice self-care and reach out to our Support Services team for more resources or assistance.