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Should Vermont pass universal free school meals?

A photo of a plate of food from "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.
Vermont Agency of Education
This hour, we discuss universal free school meal legislation that has passed the House and is being considered in the Senate.

Live call-in discussion: Vermont children have had access to free breakfast and lunch at school since 2020. But the funding for that is set to expire this year.

This hour, we’ll look at universal free meal legislation that is working its way through the state government. It passed in the House, and is now being considered in the Senate.

Our guests are:

  • Stacy Dean, deputy under secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services
  • State Rep. Erin Brady, vice chair of the House Committee on Education and lead sponsor of the House bill that would create universal school lunch meals
  • Laura La Vacca, director of Food Services for the Burlington School District

Broadcast live on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus was co-host and senior producer of Vermont Edition from 2021-2023.
Tedra worked on Vermont Edition as a producer and editor from 2022 to 2024.