School breakfast and lunch programs improve nutritional health and academic performance, reduce behavior problems, prevent obesity, introduce children to new and local foods, create community at school, and help relieve the family food budget.
Hunger Free Vermont assists schools with:
- Establishing school breakfast and lunch programs
- Implementing Universal School Meals through the Community Eligibility Provision available to schools in areas of high need
- Improving food quality of food by training on best practices for increasing participation and connecting with farm to school resources
Hunger Free Vermont has advocated for the passage of key school meals legislation:
- 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.
RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND FOOD SERVICE STAFF
- Visit the School Meals Hub
- Sign up for the School Nutrition E-Update
- Application for Free & Reduced Price School Meals