RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two local organizations have gotten grant funding to expand and strengthen food access programs for children and families.

According to a release, No Kid Hungry recently distributed $1.6 million in grants to 32 school districts and community organizations in Virginia.

These include Cultivate Charlottesville and the Piedmont Environmental Council.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, No Kid Hungry has put more than $4 million into partner organizations to help ensure children in Virginia are nourished and ready to learn.

Food insecurity remains an issue while the Commonwealth is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The release says one in eight children in Virginia may face hunger this year.

This means meal programs that are managed by school divisions and nonprofits have been and will continue to be critical in addressing hunger in communities throughout the summer.

Before the pandemic, state data showed more than 420,000 students accessed a free or reduced school lunch on an average school day, but only about 15 percent of them were able to access meals during the summer months.

The release says extensions of federal waivers allowed schools across Virginia to continue to offer flexible meal service options, including meal pick-ups and delivery programs, for the summer.

Families should reach out to their child's school for information about meal service for summer.

"As we continue to rebuild in the aftermath of COVID-19, we are acutely aware that summer can be the hungriest time of the year for so many children and their families,” said No Kid Hungry Virginia Director Sarah Steely. “We are committed to addressing hunger with real, actionable solutions and significant funding. We proudly stand alongside schools, nonprofits and other organizations that ensure the health of Virginia's kids all year long.”  

The release says the grants will help meal programs navigate the added staffing and equipment costs required to grow and adapt programs to meet the increased need and to operate safely during the pandemic.

The money can also support future-facing projects led by organizations that are looking for sustainable strategies to strengthen community food security.

Cultivate Charlottesville is getting $141,300 and the Piedmont Environmental Council is getting $50,000.

The other organizations getting funding are:

  • Alexandria City Public Schools – $30,000 
  • ALIVE!, Inc. - $30,000 
  • Appalachian Sustainable Development - $75,000 
  • Brunswick County Public Schools -  $33,000 
  • Caroline County Public Schools -  $8,338 
  • Cornerstones - $30,000 
  • Falls Church-McLean Children's Center - $25,000 
  • Fauquier County Public Schools - $21,000  
  • Helping Hungry Kids of Northern Virginia - $5,000 
  • La Cocina VA - $100,000  
  • Lee County Public Schools - $30,000 
  • Loudoun County Public Schools - $7,500 
  • Loudoun Hunger Relief - $10,000  
  • Lynchburg City School District - $10,595  
  • Manassas City Public Schools - $20,000 
  • Martinsville City Public Schools - $14,000 
  • Monacan Nation Cultural Foundation - $25,000  
  • Northern Virginia Food Rescue - $50,000 
  • Nottoway County Public Schools - $50,000  
  • Petersburg City Public Schools - $50,000  
  • Prince Edward County School District - $50,000 
  • Real Food For Kids - $125,000 
  • Richmond County Public Schools -  $21,460 
  • Richmond Public Schools - $150,000  
  • Russell County Public Schools - $5,000 
  • She Believes In Me -  $15,000 
  • Smart Beginnings Southeast -  $101,675 
  • Suffolk Public Schools - $50,000 
  • The Good News Community Kitchen - $151,732 
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools - $62,200