Vermont FEED is a farm to school partnership project of NOFA-VT and Shelburne Farms
The COVID-19 crisis has shone the light on the critical importance of school meal programs and local food systems like never before, illuminating the cracks and vulnerabilities in that system. Vermont FEED has quickly adapted to supporting our school partners in feeding kids and families, identifying and addressing barriers, supporting farmers as markets shift, and supporting teachers to engage students in remote learning.

We are focused on recovery with an eye to how the present system disruption can evolve into a more equitable and resilient system that brings us towards our goals of universal school meals, local purchasing in schools and food system education. The strength of the networks we have built is proven in how quickly we have mobilized our actions together, as partners, to address the tremendous needs in our state.

Following our 3C model of change some of our recent activities include:



What School Closures are Teaching Us about School Meals & the Food System
We're working closely with school nutrition staff, educators, community partners, and farmers to navigate this unprecedented situation. Vermont FEED leadership, Betsy Rosenbluth and Helen Rortvedt, speak on how we’re addressing the crisis while maintaining momentum toward long-term change.
Important Farm to School Resources During the COVID-19 Crisis
Keeping our families healthy, nourished, and learning are at the top of all our minds during this unprecedented time. We've compiled resources we hope will help while we all navigate this evolving situation together, including a database of schools' meal distribution plans, free meal eligibility information, virtual/remote-friendly Farm to School lessons, and safe community gardening guidelines.
Upcoming Programs
Northeast farm to school leaders are teaming up to collect stories and photos of how school nutrition programs and organizations are feeding students ins light of the coronavirus pandemic and school closures. Recognize your community by sharing a story on your favorite social media platform (or share Facebook and Instagram posts that are already participating to get started). Tag your town, community, state, or district, and use the hashtag #CommunitiesFeedKids !
Local Procurement Toolkit
What happens when students are served fresh, skillfully prepared foods from local producers? Increased participation, greater revenue for the school meal program, improved student nutrition, and increased connection to the community. OurLocal Procurement Toolkit includes a step-by-step guide and fillable templates for K–12 and early childhood meal programs. 
Farm to Early Childhood Resources
Farm to Early Childhood in Vermont applies our 3C Model (Classroom, Cafeteria/Kitchen, and Community) to engage families in agricultural and nutritional learning, support comprehensive child development, advance racial and social equity, and develop the next generation of responsible food consumers contributing to a thriving local food system. Find out more about the movement and lots of useful resources on our website.
Vermont FEED's 2019 Impact
We're sharing our work in 2019 by the numbers.

Coming soon! We're interviewing School Nutrition Directors across the state to learn more about how school food programs are working to pivot during the COVID-19 crisis.

“[This is] a great moment to teach about sustainability and food systems and valuing and treasuring our local farms. We want them to come out as the hero in all of this as well. And I think [that] may be even more embraced now [as] people see the value of buying local.”
—Karyl Kent, Food Service Director for Lamoille North School District

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Jr Iron Chef VT 2020 updates. Share your Jr Iron Chef VT and Northeast Farm to School Institute stories with #JrIRONCHEFVT & #NEFTSI