VT Representatives Talk Food Policy with TA students
May 03, 2022
On Monday, May 2, VT representatives (Windsor-Orange 2) Tim Briglin and Jim Masland visited with Thetford Academy students on campus to talk food policy. The group, which included students from Casey Huling’s Why Food Matters class, Stacy Barton’s Civics class, and Betsy Pond’s World History class, have been studying government, civic engagement, and the impact decisions made by our elected leaders have on our daily lives.
The representatives spoke specifically about S. 100, a bill that is currently moving through the Vermont Legislature. The proposed law would use an existing surplus in the State’s Education Fund, to extend, for one year, universal school breakfast and lunch for all of Vermont’s school children. Since this funding would only be available for one more school year, the legislators spoke to students about the challenges the legislature faces in prioritizing important programs while balancing the costs associated with them.
Mr. Briglin and Mr. Masland also encouraged students to be engaged with pending legislation by reaching out to their Representatives with their concerns, ideas and suggestions.