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Change for RVA Schools (aka Meal Tax) is a new Initiative from the City of Richmond

Richmond, VA – Today the City of Richmond launched a new campaign, “Change for RVA Schools”, to promote and encourage dining in Richmond restaurants as a means to support funding for new school facilities in the city.

“The conditions in many of Richmond’s aging city schools detract from the positive learning environment our kids deserve,” said Mayor Levar Stoney. “Making a difference and creating positive change for our kids is deliciously simple; eat city food, help city schools.”

Every time someone visits a Richmond restaurant, 1.5% of their bill will go toward building revenue for new school facilities.

Residents will see ads on GRTC buses and messages posted via social media encouraging them to visit restaurants throughout the city.

For more information, visit and follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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1 year ago

At a meeting years ago the previous mayor emphasized the desirability of commercial development within the city limits…buy in Richmond and keep those taxes in the city.

Not so ‘Second Chance’ Stoney.

He has ushered in a multi-million dollar bus system that whisks consumers to Henrico County to spend their money…and thereby to funnel all that tax money into Henrico’s coffers. And then he pushed emotional buttons to slap an additional tax on Richmond restaurants – and on the Richmond residents who eat in them – to fund a failed school system.

Definitely tone deaf.

SA Chaplin
SA Chaplin
1 year ago

Mayor Levar Stoney: “Making a difference and creating positive change for our kids is deliciously simple; eat city food, help city schools.”

TRANSLATION: “Throw more money at a failing school system and it will improve.” Sorry, Mr. Mayor, but schools will improve only when parents take more of an interest in their children’s education.

1 year ago

That Texas Train-wreck Burrito is probably not good for me, but if it’s for children, I guess I have to do my part.

jean mcdaniel
jean mcdaniel
1 year ago

I agree with SA Chaplin. When proponents of having a Virginia Lottery were making their arguments, the major one was that the proceeds would “save our schools”! Since all that money has been rolling in the school system has actually gotten worse. I was granted custody of a neice in the 80’s and although it was a serious financial burden, I made arrangements for her to go to St. Gertrudes. Anything less would have been child endangerment. I have a friend and neighbor who is a teacher. I am amazed and impressed with her dedication and unending ability to be… Read more »

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