Southwest Virginia receives $8.8m grant for childhood hunger project

.BRISTOL, VA (AP) – Virginia has received an $8.8 million federal grant for a pilot project to reduce childhood hunger.

First lady Dorothy McAuliffe announced the 3-6-5 Project to End Childhood Hunger on Tuesday during a visit to Bristol.

School divisions in Buchanan, Grayson, Lee, Scott, Smith and Tazewell counties, and in the cities of Bristol and Galax, will participate in the project. The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture also will support childhood hunger initiatives in Richmond.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says in a news release that the project will provide children in select schools with three meals a day during the school year, along with food for weekends and school breaks.

The project also will provide low-income households with additional resources to buy food during the summer.

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