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NO. R-76.  Joint resolution recognizing February 22, 2007 as Hunger Awareness Day and supporting efforts to eliminate hunger in Vermont by maximizing the use of federal nutrition programs.


Offered by:  Representatives Dostis of Waterbury, Ancel of Calais, Andrews of Rutland City, Atkins of Winooski, Baker of West Rutland, Barnard of Richmond, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Brooks of Montpelier, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Grad of Moretown, Head of S. Burlington, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Hube of Londonderry, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Keogh of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, McDonald of Berlin, McFaun of Barre Town, Milkey of Brattleboro, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Rodgers of Glover, Scheuermann of Stowe, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Weston of Burlington, Wheeler of Derby, Wright of Burlington, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, 19,000 of Vermont’s children lack consistent access to nutritionally adequate foods due to economic hardship and lack of resources, and

Whereas, the joint fiscal office of the Vermont general assembly found that families earning up to 200 percent of the poverty line have trouble meeting their basic needs, and

Whereas, according to U.S. Census data, rates of poverty and food insecurity among both children and households in Vermont are on the rise, and

Whereas, children living with food insecurity are at a significantly greater risk for illness, nutrient deficiency, delayed development, obesity, behavioral problems, educational challenges, abuse, and neglect, and

Whereas, hunger and malnutrition in Vermont strain our state’s financial and medical resources, act as barriers to the growth of healthy communities, and threaten our investments in education, and

Whereas, increasing participation in the federal nutrition programs provides an effective, consistent, and dignified means for ending hunger in Vermont, and

Whereas, federal nutrition programs bring over $60 million into the state each year, stimulating Vermont’s economy and supporting local business and farmers, and

Whereas, families struggling to put food on the table need and deserve the support of their own communities and the entire state of Vermont, and

Whereas, hunger is a social, political, and public health issue that requires the attention of Vermont’s leaders, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes February 22, 2007 as Hunger Awareness Day in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly declares it to be in the best interest of Vermonters to maximize the use of federal nutrition programs and for the state of Vermont to support greater accessibility to these programs and expansion of the services they offer, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dr. Donald Swartz at the department of health, chair of the governor’s task force on hunger, to the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, and to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont