The Hunger Council of Chittenden County was one of the first two pilot councils launched with support from Northfield Savings Bank in 2006. Chittenden and Washington Counties are Vermont’s two most populous counties and pioneered the Hunger Council model. Both Chittenden and Washington County Councils have been instrumental in:
- Expanding access to 3SquaresVT (formerly known as food stamps) to more Vermonters statewide.
- Passing state legislation to provide free breakfast to all low-income students in Vermont in 2008 and in advocating for the passage of similar legislation for lunch in 2013.
- Passing the 2009 Child Nutrition Omnibus bill that helped feed children during the summer, in school, and in afterschool programs.
The Co-Chairs of this Council are:
Amy Carmola, Director of Community Impact & Volunteer Mobilization at the United Way of Chittenden County
Travis Poulin, Director, Chittenden Community Action
The Council last met on Monday, February 8th, from 1:30 - 3:30. (Press Release Here.) The Council discussed how to increase access to fresh produce for vulnerable populations, as well as whether to include a new structure to the Council membership in order to better focus on specific populations or food security issues. The agenda is available HERE; meeting minutes are available HERE.
The Hunger Council meets next on Monday, May 9th.