Hunger persists, even in growing season

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One in six children in Vermont is at risk of going hungry. In the parlance of experts, "food insecurity" among for children is particularly tough in the summertime, when families cannot rely on free and reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches served at school. We talk with John Sayles, the new director of the Vermont FoodBank, and Marissa Parisi, the new head of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, about programs around the state that take advantage of the growing season to help families avoid hunger. (Listen) 


Also in the program: rail service in western Vermont. Robert Ide of the Agency of Transportation explains how federal stimulus money may re-energize efforts to provide train service from Burlington through to Albany, NY. (Listen)

And we visit with Kids on the Block, a program that teaches children about abuse and healthy lifestyles through an unconventional means: puppets. VPR’s Jason Bushey reports from Addison Central School. (Listen)

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