Provided customized assistance to 49 schools and 2 community groups resulting in 1,047 children accessing a new nutrition program. Our work enabled Vermont to maintain its position of leadership in the northeast region with implementing universal school meals. 24% of Vermont public schools now participate in this highly successful school meal program model, with universal school meals reaching over 16,400 students.
Worked with the Vermont Farm to School Network and the Vermont State Legislature to add $50,000 in funding to the Farm to School Grant Program, further strengthening the relationship between Vermont farms and schools. Hunger Free Vermont’s Farm Bill Nutrition Coalition presented priority recommendations to our Congressional Delegation, and worked successfully with them to stop cuts to SNAP (3SquaresVT) in the Farm Bill.
Increased school breakfast participation through our strong partnerships with Vermont schools and New England Dairy and Food Council. On an average school day, 18,922 low income children participated in the national School Breakfast Program. Vermont is now ranked 3rd in the nation for the number of low income students eating school lunch who also eat school breakfast.
Helped more schools and communities feed children during out-of-school time. Vermont now ranks 2nd in the nation for reaching an average of 7,800 kids per day with free meals last summer, and 3rd in the nation for reaching an average of 2,885 kids per day last year with after school meals.
Conducted free trainings on nutrition to directors and workers representing at least 37 childcare centers from every county of the state, serving 200 infants and toddlers.
Provided 22 free trainings for over 378 community service providers and counselors so they can better help eligible Vermonters apply for 3SquaresVT benefits. In addition to these trainings, we held a statewide 3SquaresVT Policy & Outreach Conference attended by over 100 people who participated in workshops to tackle stigma and advocate for keeping 3SquaresVT strong.
Expanded our Food As Medicine collaboration with Vermont’s healthcare providers to integrate effective screening for hunger as part of standard medical practice, and effectively connect patients experiencing hunger and malnutrition to stable sources of healthy food.
Offered 32 series of The Learning Kitchen, providing over 300 low income youth and adults with the skills needed to shop for and prepare nutritious meals on a budget.
Organized and supported 10 regional Hunger Councils, engaging more than 1,000 local community leaders to educate their state legislators about hunger in their regions, network to better provide coordinated anti-hunger services, map their local food resources, and many other projects.
Hunger Free Vermont
Source of funds
Use of funds
TOTAL SOURCE OF FUNDS: $1,283,166
TOTAL USE OF FUNDS: 1,068,344
Thank you to our supporters!
Thank you to all our generous donors, partners, and friends who supported us in 2018. You made this crucial work possible!
We are proud to report that 2018 was another strong year of partnerships with business and community leaders, including, UVM Medical Center, National Life Group Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, Newman’s own Foundation and many more philanthropic principals, who help ensure our work remains strong and innovative as we strive to end hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters.
business leaders who invested in our work in 2018
BOARD OF DIRECTORS SERVING HUNGER FREE VERMONT IN 2018
Darren Allen (Board Chair), Burlington, VT, Communications Director, Vermont-NEA
Pamela Puthoor, (Vice Chair/Secretary), Colchester, VT, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, UVM Medical Center Children's Hospital
Brian Waxler (Monitoring Officer), Shelburne, VT, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer,
Pomerleau Real Estate
Misse Axelrod, Roxbury, VT, Owner, The Vermont Farm and Forest School at Drift Farmstead
Alison Bell, Stowe, VT, Partner, Langrock Sperry & Wool
Colleen Brown, VT, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Vermont
Jeff Dannies, Williston, VT, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management & Financial Planning Specialist and Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Cathy Davis, Jericho, VT, Executive Vice President, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Helmholz-Adams, Manchester, VT, Founder, Helmholz Fine Art
Amy Levine, Marshfield, VT, Director of Marketing, Cabot Creamery
Nicole Rohrig, VT, Registered Dietician, Clinical Dietician, Sodexo at the University of Vermont
Michael Sirotkin, South Burlington, VT, Vermont Democratic Senator for Chittenden County
John Tunnicliffe, Norwich, VT, Director of Retail Operations, King Arthur Flour
Ken White, Winooski, VT, Pastor, College Street Congregational Church
Anore Horton, MA, MAT, Executive Director
Hannah Carpino, Community Engagement Coordinator, Americorps VISTA
Catherine Caum, Grants Manager
Katy Davis, MA, Community Health Initiatives Director
Faye Mack, MS, Advocacy & Education Director
Rebecca Mitchell, Child Nutrition Initiatives Manager
Tim Morgan, Child Nutrition Initiatives Specialist
Phil Morin, Food Security Specialist
Sabina Parker, Communications Coordinator, Americorps VISTA
Jenna O'Donnell, MS, Community Engagement Manager
Olivia Peña, MS, Food Security Specialist
Gretchen Stern, Operations Director
Monica Taylor, MAT, Development Director
Drake Turner, MPA, Food Security Advocacy Manager