Again showing its leadership in education, Vermont Governor Shumlin and the Legislature passed a bill giving low- income students a free breakfast and lunch. This program will impact 37,000 Vermont children who suffer from the lack of nutritious food.
Kicking off the program, Governor Shumlin said: “We all know that hungry children can’t learn. Vermont is the first state to ensure that all children have access to good food and therefore a better education.”
Vermont Education Secretary, Armando Vilaseca added: “This is a huge step in the right direction. Schools will be able to provide kids with a reliable food source, allowing students to focus on their academics without worrying where their next meal will come from.”
In a nationwide study, The Anne E. Casey Foundation has ranked Vermont #3 in education, family and community.
We applaud this bold and beneficial initiative by Vermont leaders.