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The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges worldwide, including lack of food access and security. Food insecurity in Vermont has increased from 18% to 24% since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Food insecurity among families with school-aged children puts children at risk for developmental delays, poor social functioning, and poor academic performance.

The goal of this project is to identify the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed for meal distribution services in school districts across Vermont, recognize the adaptations that were made by schools to address these challenges, and determine which adaptations had positive effects to encourage widespread implementation of these and other strategies to maximize food security for school-aged children nationwide.


Cioffredi, Leigh-Anne

Larner College of Medicine

Morgan, Tim

Larner College of Medicine


Hunger Free Vermont


Adolescent Health, Early and Middle Childhood, Nutrition and Weight Status, Social Determinants of Health

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Vermont School Districts Meal Service Response to COVID-19