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Today, 97% of schools offer meal programs. 

Hunger Free Vermont

In 1993, only 17% of Vermont schools offered a breakfast or lunch program for low-income students. Today, 97% of schools offer meal programs – largely due to Hunger Free Vermont’s advocacy efforts. 

Act 22 passed in 2006, and all schools (unless the town opted out) are required to provide school lunch programs. Hunger Free Vermont introduced legislation, assisted with the language and performed outreach to top policymakers – all with this impressive result.

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But Hunger Free Vermont’s work didn’t stop there. They’ve recently helped pass legislation that eliminated the reduced-price category for school meals, ensuring all low-income students are guaranteed a hot meal at school. 

This year, they’re focusing on the Community Eligibility Provisions to ensure low-income Vermont schools can provide meals to all students who need them. In the first year of the program, 30 schools participated and almost 7,000 students have access to meals at school!  

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