The American Prospect - The school lunch program has gone a long way to reduce childhood hunger across the country. What happens during the summer?
Bennington College - Bennington College plans to provide free lunch to local children for three weeks this August, in an effort to bridge the gap between summer and school-year meal programs, reports the Bennington Banner.
NECN - A Vermont college plans to provide free lunch to local children in the summer as the state grapples with food insecurity.
VPR - During the school year, nearly 37,000 children in Vermont qualify for free or reduced-price meals. But when the school year ends, students from low-income households lose access to nutritional meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service program helps remedy this issue by serving food to students at no charge.
Becca Mitchell, the Child Nutrition Initiatives Manager for Hunger Free Vermont, joined Vermont Edition to discuss the program's mission and how children in the state can participate.
Seven Days - The smell of summer wafted from a barbecue grill set up on a grassy corner between the Community Sailing Center and the Andy A_Dog Williams Skatepark near the Burlington waterfront. It was 11:40 on a Wednesday morning, and Julie Davis was grilling local beef burgers, bean burgers and turkey hot dogs. Her colleague, Mitzy Foy, worked at a table covered with cardboard takeout boxes, putting a fresh Vermont apple, a frozen fruit slushie, bagged carrots and dip in each one.
WCAX - In a nationwide review by the Food & Research Action Center, Vermont was ranked second in the nation for providing food to families in the summertime. But that does not mean the summertime doesn't pose issues for food-insecure families or the organizations that try to lend a hand.
VT Digger - For food insecure families who rely on schools to provide their children with free breakfast and lunch, the summer months can be a difficult time. Luckily, Vermont does better than most at providing access to federally funded summer meals at parks, schools and campsites across the state. But advocates say plenty of children are still left out.