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School Meals Hub
Building Healthy Food Access for All
School breakfast and lunch programs improve nutritional health and academic performance, reduce behavior problems, prevent obesity, introduce children to new and local foods, create community at school, and help relieve the family food budget. But many Vermont kids are not eating right. Some aren’t getting the nutrients they need and some aren’t getting enough to eat at all.

Hunger Free Vermont has a solution: Universal School Meals.
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Why Universal School Meals?
Improves Health & Learning
  • Hungry kids have a harder time focusing in school. When children are well-fed, they perform better.
  • Kids without proper nutrition often face behavioral challenges or get sick often, impacting their effectiveness and time for learning in the classroom.
  • School meal programs can be a place to teach kids about healthy eating and create healthy eating habits that can combat childhood obesity.
Nourishes School Community
  • School meals are the only place we segregate students based on their income and children from families who struggle to pay for meals at school are often stigmatized by their peers.
  • In many cases, students will stay away from the cafeteria because they don’t want to be labeled.
  • Universal School Meals bring all students together to share a meal that feels welcoming and more like a family dinner table.
Strengthens the Economy
  • Healthier children will help prevent health care costs both now and in the future when they become healthier adults.
  • Children who are well-fed have a better chance to learn, leading to a better educated and trained workforce. This is good for Vermont’s business and economic development.
  • More students participating means more Vermont products being purchased by schools—we can grow healthy Vermont kids and expand Vermont farms at the same time.
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School Meals Hub
The School Meals Hub is designed to provide information and resources about school nutrition for food service professionals, administrators, parents, and community members. For more information please choose the role that best describes you.