The Renaissance School was pleased to present a check for $2,265.00 to Monica Taylor, Donor Relations Manager, of Hunger Free Vermont during the Friday morning assembly on November 6. The funds were raised by the students for our annual fall Hike for Hunger Free VT which took place earlier in the school year.
Monica spoke to the children about the role that Hunger Free Vermont plays in supporting local efforts to combat hunger across the state, through a wide variety of activities. She talked about how HFV provides a “safety net” for members in our communities who would otherwise go hungry, and spoke about the following outreach efforts which are found on their website:
- establishing and expanding school breakfast and lunch programs
- helps community groups provide nutritious meals to low-income children during out-of-school time during the summer months and in afterschool programming.
- Learning Kitchen classes empower low-income Vermonters to make healthy choices through nutrition education, emphasizing the importance of regular physical activity, and improving cooking skills.
- improves access to and participation in 3SquaresVT (formerly the Food Stamp Program) which is one of the most reliable, consistent, and dignified means to prevent hunger.
- helping child care providers access the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This program provides child care centers, home-based child care, and after school programs with nutrition education and reimbursements.
Members of our Fifth Grade class presented the ceremonial check at the end of the informational discussion and are shown here with Lisa Zengilowski, Renaissance School Director and Monica Taylor of Hunger Free Vermont. For more information on the organization please visit them at www.hungerfreevt.org.