FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Education's Division of School and Community Nutrition has been chosen for an award for outstanding service in child nutrition.
The Direct Certification Performance Award is given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service for outstanding performance in directly certifying children for free school meals. The award provides almost $239,000 to benefit the School Nutrition Program.
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says it's a sign that Kentucky schoolchildren are having one of their most basic needs met.
In the past school year, Kentucky was among 10 jurisdictions to directly certify without need for paper applications 100 percent of children whose households receive nutrition assistance. The state Education Department says that's up 24 percentage points from the previous year.