Research Report Evidence-Based Strategies to End Childhood Food Insecurity and Hunger in Vermont
Susan J. Popkin, Brandi Gilbert, Eona Harrison, Olivia Arena, Nicole DuBois, Elaine Waxman
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This report explores strategies to end child food insecurity in Vermont. Although Vermont is a small, predominantly rural state, it is facing many of the same challenges as other regions in ensuring that all families have reliable access to affordable, healthy food. The state has taken advantage of being able to expanded eligibility for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but one in eight households still struggles with food insecurity, and 19,000 Vermont children live in food-insecure households. The high cost of living, rural isolation, and challenges in reaching all eligible children with school-based assistance all contribute to the problem.

We provide recommendations to build on existing, strong programming and cross-sector collaborations in Vermont—to reduce and ultimately eliminate childhood food insecurity. These opportunities for action and investment include making school meals free for all students; engaging older and disconnected youth; targeting Vermont-specific challenges, including transportation and the opioid crisis; and fostering collective action to maximize resource and drive systems change.

Research Areas Education Children and youth Families Social safety net Taxes and budgets
Tags Families with low incomes Poverty Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being Hunger and food assistance Children's health and development School-based partnerships and services Schooling Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Supplemental nutrition - Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) State and local tax issues School breakfast and lunch
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center