Have food stamps or food shelves helped your family get by in tough times? Today we’ll hear YOUR stories about the challenges of going hungry in Vermont. Do you make choices between paying for heating or for food? Tell your story, below.
While many Vermonters are
celebrating the long Memorial Day Weekend with barbeques and parties,
also many who worry about where their next meal will come from. Its’
estimated that 14 percent of all Vermont households are food insecure –
and that doesn’t let
up during the summer.
The same three words underlie many problems facing the state now: Tropical
Storm Irene. In September, the Vermont
FoodBank distributed one million pounds of food across the state, up from
600,000 pounds last September.
Shumlin Administration thinks it has a plan to reduce childhood hunger
in the state. The Administration is seeking a waiver from the federal government to
give food agencies more flexibility to buy locally grown
products for their programs.
In Vermont, 29,000 children
meet the income guidelines for subsidized breakfast and lunch during the school
year. For some, the meals are the only reliable source of daily
nutrition. But the state’s summer meal programs
reach only about 5,000 kids – a small fraction of those who qualify.
A new USDA report shows the highest hunger levels in the U.S. since 1995. In Vermont, 12% of households struggle with hunger. We look into why the issue of hunger continues to worsen. Also, Vermont’s state forests celebrate 100 years!
Summer can be a time of abundance, with gardens and farm fields brimming with fresh vegetables. But experts say that, for children, hunger knows no season. Also, an update on efforts to revamp rail service in parts of Vermont, and puppetry program helps children deal with difficult issues.