Area schools provide free lunch to all children
SOUTHERN VERMONT- School nutrition programs in Windham and Windsor counties responded quickly to the state-mandated closure of all schools. Districts in both counties have created an alternate delivery model for school meals, utilizing a combination of school- and community-based distribution sites and bus delivery routes.
The following districts are providing free breakfast and lunch to all children ages 18 or under in their community, regardless of enrollment or free and reduced meals status. No paperwork or identification is necessary but the children must be present to receive their meals. Districts request that participating families provide the number of children to ensure enough meals are prepared.
Windham Southeast Supervisory Union: Sign-up Form
Windham Southwest Supervisory Union: Informational Flyer
West River Education District: Informational Flyer
Windham Northeast Supervisory Union: Sign-up Form
Springfield School District: Informational Flyer, call (802-885-5133) with meal orders
Families are encouraged to reach out directly to their schools for additional information or questions regarding meal distribution.
The Hunger Council of the Windham Region is coordinating a community response to the COVID-19 outbreak in partnership with the VT Foodbank and area food shelves. The Hunger Council encourages community members interested in volunteering and organizations with developing needs to utilize United Way's Get Connected platform. Those looking for additional information or resources should call 2-1-1. For more information on the work the Windham County Hunger Council is doing, contact Margaret Atkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food Connects is an entrepreneurial non-profit that delivers locally produced food as well as educational and consulting services aimed at transforming local food systems. Food Connects has played a leading role in connecting schools with community resources during the COVID-19 response in partnership with the Hunger Council.
About the Hunger Council of the Windham Region: The Hunger Council of Windham Region is one of ten Hunger Councils facilitated by Hunger Free Vermont across the state. The Hunger Councils are groups of local leaders who are committed to learning about hunger and improving community and household food security. The Hunger Councils coordinate efforts and build strong nutrition safety nets at the community level and statewide. Membership in the Hunger Council of the Windham Region is open to anyone interested in learning about anti-hunger initiatives and taking action. To learn more, contact Monica Taylor, Development Director, at email@example.com