Anna McMahon, FC Community Engagement Manager
802-658-7939 ext. 32
Katie Keszey, Director of Communications
Burlington, VT – Feeding Chittenden (FC) is partnering with Community College of Vermont (CCV) to help college students facing hunger. FC will provide meals and groceries to food insecure students at CCV’s Winooski academic center.
ACT 77, which was passed in 2013 to help more young Vermonters access college, provides the opportunity for high school students to take their senior year of high school in college tuition-free. As Early College numbers at CCV increase, so does the number of students who are eligible for free and reduced price lunch (FRL) who lose access to meals at their high school.
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“Students should not have to choose between college and school-provided meals, and this provides a valuable opportunity for students in Chittenden County to attend college with one less barrier,” says Natalie Searle, Director of Secondary Education Initiatives at CCV. “We hope CCV’s partnership with Feeding Chittenden will provide a model for other communities to address food insecurity for students who want to pursue higher education.”
Hannah Harrington, FC Service Coordinator, emphasizes the importance of reducing the stigma surrounding food insecurity, especially for teens and young adults having trouble meeting their basic needs.
“Addressing food insecurity often requires meeting people where they are at in life,” says Harrington. “We wanted to create access to healthy food that would be easy to take on-the-go, which led to the creation of the first satellite food shelf – a stocked pantry for students who are coming to class hungry, have limited time between class and work, or don’t have food to eat at home.”
Harrington says Feeding Chittenden will also be packaging and delivering hot meals for students who have early classes.
About Feeding Chittenden
Feeding Chittenden works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, Feeding Chittenden serves over 12,000 people each year. Visit www.feedingchittenden.org for more information.
About Community College of Vermont
CCV is Vermont’s second-largest college, serving over 5,000 students each semester. With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, students don’t have to travel far from their communities to access degree and certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services. Visit www. ccv.edu to learn more.