Lunch With A Side Of Policy: The Role Of School Meals In Nutrition And Education

Feb 4, 2019

Vermont schools offer free or reduced-cost meals to thousands of students every day. But how did schools become the venue to enact food policy? We're looking at school meal programs and the role they play in nutrition and education in school today.

"Taco Tuesday" at Putney Central School offers beef tacos with New England beef, Cabot sour cream, Thomas Dairy milk, salad with garbanzo beans, brown rice, carrots and celery sticks.
Credit Vermont Agency of Education

Rosie Krueger, assistant director of Child Nutrition Programs at the Vermont Agency of Education, discusses federal guidelines behind the free and reduced-price meals and how the meals are implemented across Vermont.

Anore Horton, executive director at Hunger Free Vermont, explains the history of school meal programs dating back to the 1940s and the group's advocacy to expand those meal programs today.

And Kathy Alexander, director of school nutrition for both the Mount Abraham Unified School District and the Addison Northwest School District, shares what it's like to write menus, order food and train staff to meet the nutritional needs of students in 2019.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.