The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger becomes Hunger Free Vermont
January 4, 2011 ( South Burlington , VT ) – Vermont ’s leading anti-hunger advocacy organization, the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, launched its new name today as Hunger Free Vermont. Since 1993 the organization’s outreach and advocacy have significantly enhanced Vermont ’s nutrition safety net and broadened access to healthy food for Vermont ’s children and families. Marissa Parisi , Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont remarks, “While we will continue to focus on feeding Vermont ’s kids, we wanted our name to also reflect our work and commitment to the nutrition needs of Vermont ’s adults and seniors.”
Hunger Free Vermont works to advocate for policy that expands and improves meal programs in school, afterschool and summer programs, and in child care. Additionally, Hunger Free Vermont works to improve the 3SquaresVT benefit (formerly Food Stamps) so that more Vermonters are eligible and that those that are eligible have the tools necessary to enroll. In order to improve the nutrition of all Vermonters, Hunger Free Vermont advocates for improved quality of the food in all meal programs, including incorporating fresh, local foods, as well as offers The Learning Kitchen program which teaches low-income youth and adults how to prepare healthy meals on a budget.
Vermont is ranked 9th hungriest in the nation with 1 in 7 Vermonters of all ages living in food insecure households. “The effects of hunger are devastating for vulnerable Vermonters,” Parisi remarks. “The name Hunger Free Vermont reflects our work and vision as advocates and educators who believe in solving hunger not just for today, but for a lifetime.”
For more information call or email:
Marissa Parisi at 865-0255 or MParisi@HungerFreeVT.org
Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont
About Hunger Free Vermont : Hunger Free Vermont is a statewide nonprofit organization that works with state agencies and community groups to develop sustainable hunger solutions. Since 1993 Hunger Free Vermont outreach programs have substantially enhanced Vermont ’s nutrition safety net and increased access to nutritious foods. www.HungerFreeVT.org.