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
- List of Free ("Open") Summer Food Sites for Children in Vermont - 2014
- Learn more about summer meals programs
- Learn more about afterschool meals and snacks
Summer Food Program Webinar Series
The Department of Education and Hunger Free Vermont had a series of webinars in 2012, including:
The Summer Food Program: Innovative Ideas
This informal webinar will gave summer food providers a rare opportunity to connect with other providers throughout Vermont. Topics ranged from local food resources, transportation, and outreach strategies. You can listen to the webinar below: