3SquaresVT is one of the most reliable, consistent, and dignified means to prevent hunger and is our country’s largest nutrition program. Hunger Free Vermont staff who specialize in 3SquaresVT periodically provide regional trainings open to advocates and service providers who want to learn more about program eligibility, benefits, and application procedures. At the same time, staff are able to provide targeted 3SquaresVT trainings and presentations to individual organizations and their staff upon request.
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The Learning Kitchen Classes
The Learning Kitchen (formerly Cooking for Life) is designed to improve food security for children living in families with limited budgets. Participants are provided with the skills necessary to make nutritious food choices through hands-on preparation of healthy meals. The program was developed in collaboration with Hunger Free Vermont and the University of Vermont Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). The Learning Kitchen works with host agencies to offer the program in communities across the state.
The Learning Kitchen consists of three programs in order to meet the needs of a diverse audience of low-income parents, at-risk youth, and at-risk teens. For more details and answers to frequently asked questions, please read the application and brochure. For more information on how to host a series in your area, click here.
Orientations and trainings are provided to all new Learning Kitchen volunteers.
Child Nutrition Trainings:
for child care, education, and school food service professionals
Hunger Free Vermont’s Child Nutrition Team organizes workshops, webinars, and presentations aimed at maximizing access to healthy meals for Vermont’s kids, and creating sustainable programs to serve this end. We routinely work with partners at other community organizations and at the Department of Education to ensure we are offering the most comprehensive knowledge possible. Topics have included:
- Re-imagining your cafeteria to encourage participation and healthy choices
- Menu-planning and meeting USDA meal requirements
- Becoming an advocate for your school meal program
- Starting an Afterschool Snack, Supper or Summer Meal program
- The administrative intricacies of running a Federal Nutrition Program: applying, record-keeping, claiming.
Hunger and Nutrition Safety Net Trainings