Youth Programs

The Vermont Foodbank has a number of programs that are geared towards the needs of our most valuable resource: Vermont's children.


BackPack Program

All school-aged children today have one thing in common: the ever present backpack.  For most kids a backpack might contain books and other school supplies. For children participating in the BackPack Program, a backpack means much more – it means a weekend with a full belly.


Building Blocks for Literacy 2.0

This early literacy program contains the same research-proven strategies as the original Building Blocks site and it provides users the opportunity to create a community by sharing their own strategies and videos.


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a USDA-reimbursed nutrition program that is sponsored by organizations and food banks throughout the nation and provides food-insecure children with free, nutritious meals during the summer months when school is not in session.


School Food Pantry To-Go

The mission of the Vermont Foodbank School Food Pantry To-Go is to help alleviate childhood hunger in Vermont through the provision of food to children and their families at school. 


Hunger 101

Hunger 101 is an educational program for elementary, middle-school, and high-school students involving role-playing and discussions that increase awareness of hunger in the community.


Hungry Kate

Kate represents the thousands of Vermont children who go struggle with hunger.  This year, the Vermont Foodbank will provide 8 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonters, 34% of whom are children under the age of 18.


For more information about the Foodbank's Youth Programs, contact Jen Hutchinson at 802-477-4126 or



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