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Bennington College to Provide Free Summer Meals

Bennington College plans to provide free lunch to local children for three weeks this August, in an effort to bridge the gap between summer and school-year meal programs, reports the Bennington Banner.

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The college has partnered with Hunger Free Vermont, a South Burlington-based nonprofit, to provide lunches for children in Bennington from Aug. 5 to 23. Lunches will be available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 at Willow Brook Apartments, Beech Court Apartments and the Bennington Early Childhood Center.

Susan Sgorbati, director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Steve Bohrer, director of dining services, Ken Collamore, director of campus safety, and Heather Faley, director of human resources, are leading the effort.

This program dovetails with the College's ongoing efforts to systemically address food insecurity in Bennington county, as supported by a three-year, $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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