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Donovan: In defense of food assistance — 3SquaresVT public comment period ends Sept. 23

Shelburne News - Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that his office will be submitting comments in opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to cut food assistance for Vermonters. The announcement was made at a Sept. 11 press conference held in South Burlington at Hunger Free Vermont’s headquarters on Eastwood Drive.

Protect food assistance for VT

The Vermont Cynic - Back-to-school season has begun across America. Millions of children have returned to classrooms, ready to start a new school year.

Now, thanks to President Donald Trump’s administration, hundreds of thousands of struggling families — including many Vermonters — may have to worry about how they will be able to afford their child’s lunch every day.

We must stand up to Trump

Rutland Herald - Back-to-school season has begun across America. Millions of children have returned to classrooms, ready to start a new school year. Now, thanks to the Trump administration, hundreds of thousands of struggling families —including many Vermonters — may have to worry about how they will be able to afford their child’s lunch every day.

Paul Manganiello: Pennywise and pound foolish

VT Digger - As a retired obstetrician/gynecologist, and presently the medical director of a free medical clinic, I know the importance of state and federal food nutritional programs. No one gets the chance to choose whether or not to be born, and we all need to live with the hand that we were dealt. It is however advantageous for all of us, one could say for our own enlightened self-interest, to assure that every child has the opportunity to be able to attain their full potential in order that they become happy, productive adults. If individuals are food insecure, this will not happen.

Leahy, Sanders & Welch: We must protect nutrition assistance

VT Digger - Back-to-school season has begun across America. Millions of children have returned to classrooms, ready to start a new school year. Now, thanks to the Trump administration, hundreds of thousands of struggling families — including many Vermonters — may have to worry about how they will be able to afford their child’s lunch every day.

Hunger Free Vermont fights proposed changes to national Food Stamp program

The Middlebury Campus - On July 23, the Trump administration announced a proposal to drastically alter the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Their proposed changes would revoke benefits for 3.1 million Americans and over 13,000 Vermonters.

'This Is Hurting Kids:' Vt. AG Urges Comments on Proposed Changes to Nutrition Benefits

NECN - Vermont’s attorney general Wednesday urged people across his state to speak out against a proposal by the White House and USDA to change rules around eligibility for nutrition benefits—once known as food stamps, now called 3SquaresVT in Vermont.

Vermont officials seek to mobilize opposition to food stamp proposal

Valley News - State Attorney General TJ Donovan and anti-poverty advocates sought Wednesday to mobilize opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the federal food stamp program that they say will take away benefits from more than 5,000 Vermont households, including 4,000 children.

Schools in Johnson, Eden lose free lunch

News & Citizen - School officials in Eden and Johnson are working to sign up students for free and reduced lunch after the elementary schools lost their certifications to offer free lunch for all.

Why 14 Rural Vermont Schools Are Losing Free Meals

VPR - Fourteen Vermont schools will lose their free lunch and breakfast programs when students return for classes this fall. But while the programs' sunsetting are ostensibly due to fewer kids living in poverty, child nutrition experts say many of those students still face food insecurity and uncertainty about their next meal.

'That Would Actually Hurt Me:' Vermonters Voice Opposition to Proposed SNAP Cuts

NECN - A proposal from the Trump administration to reform nutrition benefits is being met with pushback by Vermont's Republican governor and the state's Department for Children and Families, which says the move could affect thousands of kids in the state who rely on food support.

SNAP to it

Times Argus - The struggle is real.

You don’t have to go hunting to find Vermonters living in poverty. They are all around, and the number of people struggling to make ends meet seems to be growing.

That is why government and advocates need to work together to protect the services being made available to those in need.

Food stamp cuts would impact thousands in Vt.

VT Digger - Vermont’s Department for Children and Families is opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to restrict eligibility for food stamps, saying the changes could cut off benefits worth $7.5 million to about 5,200 households in the state.

Anore Horton & John Sayles: Trump plans to cut to basic food assistance

VT Digger - Last week, the Trump administration announced its latest attempt to take food away from over 3 million veterans, families and older Americans in need by forcing Vermont and 42 other states to change the way they have run the SNAP program (3SquaresVT in Vermont) for over 20 years. "Broad-based categorical eligibility" affords Vermont the flexibility to enable access to critical 3SquaresVT benefits for vulnerable low-income Vermonters (including working families, children, veterans, older adults, and people with disabilities). Hunger Free Vermont and the Vermont Foodbank strongly oppose this proposal, which will increase hunger and hardship for thousands of Vermonters and millions of Americans.

Trump Admin's Proposed Food Stamp Eligibility Changes Could Cut Vermonters' Benefits

VPR - The Trump administration's planned changes to the way states determine eligibility for food stamps could impact Vermonters, cutting off households from benefits and potentially limiting the ability of schools to offer free lunches.

Vermont Receives $98,918 To Connect Schools And Local Farms Under Leahy-Authored Farm To School Program

Patrick Leahy - A program long championed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will invest $98,918 in bolstering efforts to bring local agriculture into the classrooms and cafeterias of Vermont schools. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced Farm to School grants to connect child nutrition programs with local farmers.