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 meets next on March 30th at Downstreet Housing and Community Development in Barre. Draft agenda coming soon.

The Council met last on December 15th, and focused on senior hunger. The meeting agenda is available HERE and meeting minutes are available HERE.


For the 2016/2017 meeting schedule, the Hunger Council meets on:

  • October 6th
  • December 15th - 2:30 - 4:30 (Note Time Change)
  • March 30th - Downstreet Housing and Community Development (Note Location Change)
  • May 25th

All meetings are from 2:00 - 4:00 at Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Place, Barre, unless otherwise noted.

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

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.


Meeting Minutes Archives:

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
March 30 January 28  January 21 January 15 January 10 February 8 Feburary 10 January 12 February 11 January 8 November 28
May 25 May 5 March 18 March 20 March 14 June 7 May 12 October 9 May 21 March 12
  October 6
May 13 May 15 May 9 September 13 September 14 September 10 June 9 June 4
   December 15
September 24  September 17 November 7 November 1 November 16 October 14  November 12 November 10 October 1
  December 3 November 19 December 12

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