Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer food programs successful in Vermont

While the distances and low population density of the North Country make providing summer meals to children in need challenging, our neighbors in Vermont seem to have figured it out.

The Food Research and Action Center’s summer meals report found that Vermont’s rank in serving children free summer meals improved from fourth to third and average daily participation in the state increased 14 percent in July 2015 compared to July 2014. The number of summer meal sites also increased six percent.

“The rural nature of our state presents unique challenges for sponsors who provide summer meals to children,” said Marissa Parisi, executive director of Hunger Free Vermont. The organization has been working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and local communities to feed more children summer meals at sites including libraries, day care centers, and housing developments.

What can we learn from their work?

Vermont ranks 3rd for providing summer meals for children at risk of hunger –, June 14, 2016