Vermont Foodbank is on a mission to help battle the epidemic of hungry families in the state. While many people think of urban or rural stereotypes when they think of families in need, the reality is that all across the country, families are going hungry.
In Vermont, 1 in 4 families struggles with getting enough food. Vermont Foodbank works tirelessly to help battle the hunger epidemic in the state, helping families who desperately need food that they can't normally afford.
What Vermont Foodbank Does
Vermont Foodbank is dedicated to battling hunger. With so many families in need, their struggle is ongoing. That's why they work so tirelessly to collect donations, work with local farmers, and train under or unemployed Vermonters for jobs. When we break the cycle of hunger, it stays broken. That's the goal of this organization.
The Foodbank takes a three-pronged approach to gathering food.
Through the Gleaning Program, they organize volunteers to go out and harvest excess produce from farms.
The Vermonters Feeding Vermonters program is one in which the Vermont Foodbank purchases local fruits and vegetables from Vermont farmers.
Finally, the Foodbank relies on donations from the public and retailers to help them provide food for families in desperate need.
The core of the Vermont Foodbank is their 215 food distribution centers located across the state. These centers include food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, and after-school programs.
In addition. the organization uses other methods to bring food to underserved families and individuals. The Veggie VanGo delivers free produce to schools and healthcare facilities to help feed both young and old.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a USDA nutrition program which Vermont Foodbank partners with to bring free monthly nutrition information and healthy foods to older adults in need.
Finally, The Backpack Program provides children with backpacks full of food guaranteeing them a weekend with a fully belly.
In addition to providing food, Vermont Foodbank provides programs to help people learn how to use food to their best advantage as well as a way to find gainful employment to reduce their need for help.
The Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) trains under and unemployed individuals in Vermont for careers in the food service industry so they can better provide for themselves and their families.
3SquaresVT, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need.
VT Fresh is a program offering cooking demos and taste tests to visitors at food shelves in order to help them increase their access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Collective Impact is a collaborative effort between Vermont Foodbank and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. The goal of this collaboration is to better serve individuals and families in need with a common set of goals, outcomes, and success indicators.
Through this program and working with a common agenda in mind, members allocate resources, track progress, and coordinate efforts to make the most impact for families in need across the region.
Partnering with Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Foodbank does an incredible amount of good in our state. That's why Eighto2 Shop is proud to partner with them in their ongoing effort to stop the spread of hunger in our state.
Select purchases from our shop helps Vermont Foodbank feed those in need and train those who are able to become self-sufficient in a way they haven't been before, helping to break the cycle of poverty and hunger. Please join us in this important fight.