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    The Food Service Department of Surry County Public Schools provides nutritionally balanced meals to more than 600 students each day through the United States Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs.

    School meals must meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the appropriate age group. School lunch provides approximately one-third of the daily nutritional needs for children and school breakfast provides approximately one-fourth. Regulations establish standards for fat, saturated fat, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories. Although meals must meet federal nutrition requirements, school divisions make decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared.

    The National School Lunch Act in 1946 created the modern school lunch program. Schools across this nation serve more than 30 million children each day. The federal laws regulating the school food service programs today are administrated under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Virginia Department of Education. The program has the objective of improving the health of students by providing good, nutritious foods that students will enjoy.  Another goal is to encourage and promote nutrition education.


    Access to healthy meals helps our children learn.  Surry County Public Schools is dedicated to offering healthy meals every school day.  Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, all students in Surry County Public Schools will eat at no charge through the Community Eligibility Program.  The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.


    Due to nationwide food shortages and supply chain disruptions, we are currently having to modify menus as necessary to ensure students have access to meals. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we attempt to navigate through these unprecedented circumstances.

    SNAP Information Sheets 

    Schools are required to distribute the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Information Program) information sheet per House Bill 2025 effective July 1, 2023. Below are links to the English, Spanish, Urdu, Amharic, Arabic and Vietnamese information sheets.

    SNAP Information Sheet ENGLISH

    SNAP Information Sheet SPANISH

    SNAP Information Sheet URDU

    SNAP Information Sheet AMHARIC

    SNAP Information Sheet ARABIC

    SNAP Information Sheet VIETNAMESE

    Link for Online SNAP Applications

    CommonHelp portal

    Introducing Virginia SUN Bucks

    Visit VirginiaSunBucks.com beginning July 1, 2024 for information and details about Virginia Sun Bucks.

    "If you are curious about the new SUN Bucks program that provides families in Virginia with a $120 grocery benefit per eligible school-aged child, please contact your local Social Services Office or visit www.virginiasunbucks.com.  Surry County Public Schools IS NOT responsible for disbursing funds & cannot assist with applications or issuance."

    Q. What is Virginia SUN Bucks?
    Virginia SUN Bucks is a new, federal food benefit program created to reduce childhood hunger by providing eligible children with a one-time $120 food benefit on a SUN Bucks card to purchase groceries. Many families will get the benefit without applying, while some families will need to apply.

    Who is automatically eligible for Virginia SUN Bucks and does not need to apply?

    Your child is automatically enrolled in Virginia SUN Bucks if they:

    • Receive SNAP or TANF benefits or participate in an income-eligible Medical Assistance (MA) program.
    • Applied for and received free or reduced-price school meals at school during the 2023-2024 school year through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

    How do I know if my family needs to apply for Virginia SUN Bucks?

    If your child did not apply for and receive free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or your family does not participate in SNAP, TANF or an income-based Medical Assistance program, you must apply.

    When and how will VDSS issue Virginia SUN Bucks benefits?

    Benefits will be issued beginning August 2024 on a rolling basis to children who auto­matically qualify and to families who are eligible by application. SNAP recipients benefits will be loaded onto their existing SNAP EBT card. Non-SNAP recipients will receive a SUN Bucks card that will be mailed to the address on file.

    How do I apply?

    Beginning July 1st, you can visit VirginiaSunBucks.com to print and mail the application to 5600 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060 OR you can call the Virginia SUN Bucks contact center to apply over the phone at a later in July.

    Visit VirginiaSunBucks.com beginning July 1, 2024 for information and details about Virginia Sun Bucks.