Childhood poverty is on the rise in Vermont. That's according to a new report from the Montpelier advocacy group "Voices for Vermont's Children." Its annual study shows in 2012, 15 percent of the state's kids were living in poverty. That's up from about 12 percent in 2007.
But the state is making progress against childhood hunger. Enrollment in Vermont's school meal programs has doubled in the last decade with recent legislation allowing schools to offer free breakfast and lunch to qualified students.
The study also reveals 1 in 4 kids participated in 3SquaresVT in 2011-- a 77 percent increase from 7 years ago.