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 Hunger Council next meets on September 19th. (Press Release Here) The Council will focusing largely on the connections between homelessness and health, including hunger and nutrition, while also hearing updates from the past summer, discussing priorities for the coming year, and hearing plans for the Action Groups. The draft meeting agenda is available HERE.
The Council last met on Monday, May 9th. The Council explored the creation of Action Groups - small groups of Council members that would work outside of regular Council meetings to focus on specific issues or areas. The meeting agenda is available HERE; meeting minutes are available HERE.
For the 2016/2017 meeting schedule, the Hunger Council will be meeting on:
- September 19th
- November 14th
- February 13th
- May 8th
All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, 110 West Canal Street, Winooski, from 1:30 - 3:30.
Meeting Minutes Archives:
January 12, 2009 - Joint Meeting with the Hunger Council of Washington County