WINDSOR (WBNG) -- Local officials gathered at C.R. Weeks Elementary School in Windsor on Thursday to recognize programs to make sure no student goes without a meal.
No Student Goes Hungry was put into action for the state of New York just a short while ago, and it's programs are proving effective so far. Five local school districts adopted programs under this legislation last school year, and there are ten this school year.
At a press conference Thursday morning, local officials spoke about the impact these programs are having as part of September being Hunger Action Month across New York State.
"Feeding our children, I can't think of a more important mission than that, and you're fulfilling it and doing it because you're working together," said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.
"This issue is an issue where you are seeing unity, right. You are seeing government officials at all levels, you are seeing educators and business owners, all agreeing on something," said New York State Senator Fred Akshar.
That level of agreement and camaraderie amongst elected officials, school officials, farmers, and food bank employees has been so beneficial to so many people. Farm to School plays a big role in the local economy, helping local farms have a continual source of income.
In the big picture though, it's the kids who benefit most. Those who normally wouldn't have enough money or resources to get three meals a day now are provided that at school through Breakfast after the Bell and Farm to School. Instead of worrying when they'll get their next meal, students can now focus in the classroom and become more successful.
"I'm just proud to be part of this community, that takes such diligence and hard work to take care of the kids we have," said BOCES Senior Director of Food Services Mark Bordeau.
After the formal recognition, everyone got to sit down and enjoy a meal with the students. Getting to see the smiles from the kids as they enjoyed their lunch proved how these programs will continue to help kids into the future.