The Hunger Council of Washington County was one of the first two pilot councils launched with support from Northfield Savings Bank in 2006. Washington and Chittenden Counties are Vermont’s two most populous counties and pioneered the Hunger Council model. In the first three pilot years, both Washington and Chittenden County Councils were 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:
Eileen Peltier, Executive Director, Downstreet Housing and Community Development
Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director, Green Mountain United Way
The Hunger Council of Washington County last met on Thursday, May 5th. (Press Release Here.) The Council's last two meetings have resulted in some great actions in the community, and the Council heard updates on those as well as connected with the new administration at Spaulding High School to dicuss how to support their committment to fresh healthy foods and community engagement. The meeting agenda is available HERE and meeting minutes are available HERE.
The Council will be meeting next in late August or early fall.
In March 2016, the Hunger Council published a Letter to the Editor in support of the Zap the Gap Campaign as a way to increase access to afterschool and summer meals and programming. The Letter to the Editor was published in the Times Argus, and is available HERE.