With generous support from the Canaday Family Trust, the Hunger Council of Franklin & Grand Isle Counties was launched as the first of our two year expansion initiative to reach each region of the state with Hunger Councils. In May 2015, the Franklin & Grand Isle Council had their first meeting with over thirty attendees.


The Co-Chairs of this Council are:

Catherine Dimitruk, Executive Director of Northwest Regional Planning Commission

Robert Ostermeyer, Director of Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action.

The Hunger Council of Franklin & Grand Isle Counties meets next on Wednesday, May 11th, focusing on the needs of seniors. (Press Release Here.) The draft meeting agenda is available HERE.

The Council last met on Tuesday, February 9th, to discuss school nutrition programs in the region and establishing work groups to tackle targeted issues and populations. The meeting agenda is available HERE; meeting minutes are available HERE.


Council membership is open to anyone interested in learning about and tackling hunger in their community. For more information on the Hunger Councils, contact Jenna Banning, Hunger Council Organizer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Coverage of the October 2015 meeting by Alex Rose of My Champlain Valley: "Team Works to End Hunger in North Western Vermont."

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