PCPS receives recognition for Porch Visits Program

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~ Press release issued by Page County Public Schools

LURAY ― Page County Public Schools was among six school divisions recognized at the Virginia School Boards Association’s Summer Conference on Education for its Porch Visit Program. The competition is designed to educate, engage and empower school leaders to address childhood hunger and provide all students in Virginia with healthier, more nutritious school meals.

The PCPS Porch Visit program is a partnership with the Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA) and Healthy Families of Page County and utilizes grant funding through Share Our Strength to provide food, supplies and a variety of other resources to families in need.

More than 80 families have been served since the start of the program in January of 2021, providing more than 13, 500 meals and 2,500 boxes of donated food from organizations such as Page One and the Blue Ridge Food Bank.

Porch Visitors make weekly visits to families, and in addition to providing food, they assist with helping families in acquiring necessary resources. This might include such things as accessing wifi, helping file tax paperwork, tutoring students, providing diapers, or connecting with community resources to help with housing or utility assistance.

The Porch Visit Program was recently featured by the No Kid Hungry program with a video documenting the exemplary work being done.

The local school division will be recognizing the Porch Visitors, community partners and families of this program at an upcoming School Board meeting, where the plaque that was presented to the division will be officially presented to the school board.

The program was coordinated by Jenny Jeffries, PCPS Nutritional Services Supervisor, and Megan Gordon, PACA Executive Director and School Board Chair.

For more information on this program, contact Page County Public Schools.

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