LUDLOW, Vt. – September is National Hunger Action Month and the Vermont Foodbank is joining hundreds of other food banks around the country, including Black River Good Neighbor Services, to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our community. I too am joining the effort, because every day we serve folks who live and work within our community. One could even be a neighbor.
According to “Hunger in America 2014,” a nationwide survey of the charitable food system, in Vermont, 153,000 of our neighbors will visit a food shelf or meal site this year – 34,000 of whom are children under the age of 18 years old. And while the Vermont Foodbank and its 225 food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers, and youth program are providing 12 million pounds of food each year to our neighbors struggling with hunger, there is still so much more to be done.
So what can you do locally? Our food program relies heavily upon both monetary and direct food donations to keep our shelves full. And, we are always grateful for volunteer help; stop by to see how you can help.
I hope you will join me and take action against hunger today. No action is too small -donate, volunteer or advocate. If we all do a little, we can have a big impact on hunger in our state. You can join me and learn more at vtfoodbank.org.
For more information, contact Krey Kellington at 802-228-3663.