A leader in the growing Farm to School movement in Vermont, Food Connects’ Farm to School program supports educators, food service directors, farmers, and community members in cultivating healthy farm and food connections in classrooms, cafeterias, and communities across Southern Vermont.
The local food system in Vermont is vibrant but it’s leaving many people behind. In Windham County, where Food Connects works, 1 in 6 children are food insecure.
Sixty-thousand children in Vermont eat school food five days a week, getting more than half their calories from school lunch, school breakfast, and school snack. What we feed our kids in schools and what we teach them about food matters. It affects how they grow, how they learn, what they will feed their own families, and how long they will live. School is where it all begins.