National feeding programs(link is external) project that 42 million people, including 13 million children, may experience food insecurity in 2021. It’s why Vermont dairy farmers, through New England Dairy(link is external), have awarded a $2,450 grant to Hartland Elementary. This round of funding is helping the school upgrade equipment to offer new and unique foods that include nutritious milk and other dairy items on the menus for years to come. This grant aids school nutrition staff in overcoming the challenges they face to feed students.
More than 30 million students rely on school meals for a significant portion of their daily nutrition. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed children’s food insecurity to its highest levels in decades. But school nutrition staffers across New England are fighting back.
In the Green Mountain State, more schools are offering smoothies made with milk yogurt, fruit, and sometimes greens, as smoothies are a great portable menu option that can be eaten in the cafeteria, classroom, or on the go.