As the Nutrition Initiatives Manager, Ginger organizes and manages the work of the Child Nutrition Initiatives team. She coordinates our training, technical assistance, and outreach work on all Child Nutrition Programs. She is also responsible for all of the organization's early childhood nutrition work, which includes advocating at the state level for access to quality nutrition as part of the "Building Vermont's Future From the Child Up" initiative to develop a comprehensive, high-quality, affordable system of early care and learning.
Prior to joining the staff at Hunger Free Vermont, Ginger worked for the Burlington School District, the largest school district in Vermont. There she taught middle school Healthy Living, was the District Wellness Coordinator and facilitated the district’s Coordinated School Health Team. She played an integral part in creating the district’s Wellness Policy, which has received national attention as a model policy by the USDA and the CDC, and has been highlighted as a “Local Wellness Policy Success Story”.
Ginger received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Vermont prior to becoming a teacher. While in Burlington she earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and most recently a degree in dietetics also from the University of Vermont. Since joining Hunger Free Vermont in July of 2015, Ginger has traveled all over Vermont helping childcare centers and schools provide healthy food, expand meal program access and participation, and improve their overall “food culture” so that the youngest Vermonters can grow up to be happy and healthy. She lives in Milton with her partner Steve, and 2 daughters Gabrielle and Sophie.