We believe in equality in the cafeteria. Our vision for school meals is that no child is segregated by their family's income and that school meal programs are built into the school curriculum - teaching healthy eating and creating localvores for life.
We offer Training & CUSTOMIZED assistance to School Administrators & Food Service PERSONNEL
We help schools:
- Establish school breakfast and lunch programs
- Implement Universal Free School Meals through the federal programs available to schools in areas of high need: Community Eligibility Provision and Provision 2
- Improve food quality of food by training on best practices for increasing participation and connecting with farm to school resources
School administrators and food service personnel looking for detailed information and resources can visit our school meals resource hub here:
WE advocate at the federal & State level to protect and improve school meals
Some key school meals legislation for which we have advocated:
- In 2003, Act 22 was passed requiring all Vermont public schools to participate in the school lunch and breakfast program unless the school board votes to exempt the district from the requirement.
- In 2008, the Vermont State Legislature eliminated the reduced price category for school breakfast so that all students from low-income households can eat breakfast for free, leading to an 85% increase in participation.
- In 2013, with the Governor's support, the Vermont State Legislature eliminated the reduced price category for school lunch so that all students from low-income households can eat lunch for free.
vermont breakfast after the bell Challenge
In 2015, Hunger Free Vermont partnered with the New England Dairy and Food Council to launch the Vermont Breakfast After the Bell Challenge: the first Breakfast Challenge in the nation to challenge schools to move breakfast after the start of the school day as a key strategy for dramatically increasing participation in school breakfast.