Vermont Foodbank gets $20,000 for student meal program

The Vermont Foodbank will receive $20,000 for a program that gives children meals to take home after school. The money goes toward the BackPack Program, an initiative that gives students backpacks full of enough healthy, easy-to-prepare food items to last them and their families for two days. John Sayles, chief executive officer of Vermont Foodbank, said that ensuring nutritional stability over the weekend and during other out-of-school hours helps children to be ready to learn. In an announcement Tuesday, National Life Group said it will provide the funding.