Over 37,000 Vermont children depend on free or reduced-price school meals during the school year. When school cafeterias close in June, many of these children lose their most important source of balanced nutrition, leading to weight gain and falling behind their peers academically.
Another high-risk time for low-income youth is during afterschool hours: peak hours for juvenile crime, and for experimentation with drugs and alcohol. When meals and snacks are offered, students are more likely to participate in afterschool programming.
Hunger Free Vermont establishes and expands opportunities for children to eat nutritious snacks and meals during after school hours and the summer months.
RESOURCES FOR OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME NUTRITION PROVIDERS
- Learn more about summer meals programs
- Learn more about afterschool meals and snacks