As part of the Universal Meals Coalition, we work to ensure that all students in our district have daily access to healthy food with the dignity they deserve.
What is the Vermont Universal Meals Coalition?
An initiative of Hunger Free Vermont, the Vermont Universal Meals Coalition works to build healthy food access for all. It provides information and resources for parents, administration, food service professionals, and community members. Visit Hunger Free Vermont’s School Meals Hub for more information:
Why is universal food access important?
Many Vermont children are not getting enough food to eat, or aren’t eating the right foods to keep them properly nourished. When children are well fed, they perform better in school, they have fewer behavioral problems, and they stay healthier. This helps our school community flourish and strengthens Vermont families, which helps our economy. As a result, everyone benefits from children having equal access to healthy food.
Understanding the student community
We also work to ensure that students are not segregated in the lunchroom based on their ability to pay. At Burlington School Food Project and the Universal Meals Coalition, we work to eliminate the stigma of food insecurity, welcoming all children at mealtime equally.
Doing a lot with a little
At Burlington School Food Project, we are passionate about what we do — providing universal food access, expanding healthy food choices, and supporting food education in the Burlington School District. By focusing on highly cost-effective food service solutions every day, we are able to provide healthy, local foods to all students and help improve the quality of life for all.