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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint House Resolution

J.R.H. 50

Joint resolution relating to hunger awareness

Offered by:  Representatives Dostis of Waterbury, Anderson of Montpelier, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Bissonnette of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Bray of New Haven, Browning of Arlington, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Condon of Colchester, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Errecart of Shelburne, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Flory of Pittsford, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Hosford of Waitsfield, Howard of Rutland City, Hube of Londonderry, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Keenan of St. Albans City, Keogh of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lawrence of Lyndon, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O'Donnell of Vernon, Orr of Charlotte, Oxholm of Vergennes, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Turner of Milton, Weston of Burlington and Zenie of Colchester

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 general assembly’s joint fiscal office has determined that families earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level have trouble meeting their basic needs, representing approximately 42,000 Vermont children, and

Whereas, according to the U.S. Census, 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 reducing hunger and food insecurity in Vermont, and

Whereas, the federal nutrition programs bring over $80 million into the state each year, stimulating Vermont’s economy and supporting local business and farmers, and

Whereas, children participating in the federal nutrition programs, including school breakfast and child care meals, have lower rates of tardiness and absenteeism and higher academic performance, face fewer cognitive and behavioral challenges, and are in better health, and

Whereas, the federal nutrition programs are underutilized in Vermont, especially the school breakfast program and the child and adult care food programs, with Vermont being ranked 23rd and 49th in the nation, respectively, and

Whereas, families struggling to put food on the table need and deserve the support of their community, and the state of Vermont, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

          That the general assembly recognizes that hunger is a social, political, and public health issue that must be addressed through state supported improvements to federal nutrition program accessibility and the expansion of outreach efforts aimed at reducing common barriers to participation.





              Attested to:




Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                              Clerk, House of Representatives       


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont