Bruce Lisman and Campaign for Vermont partners kick off statewide focus on poverty and hunger at Vermont Foodbank

NEWS RELEASE — Campaign for Vermont
Friday, January 18, 2013

Shawn Shouldice
(802) 371-7923

Berlin, Vt. – More than a dozen partners of the independent, non-partisan advocacy organization Campaign for Vermont met Jan. 16 at the Vermont Foodbank to volunteer and talk with human service providers about the growing demand for services, the importance of post-holiday giving and the need for a more vibrant economy where no one is left behind.

Working in “assembly line” fashion, the volunteers unloaded dozens of donated boxes of food and repacked the contents by categories – vegetables, pasta, desserts, etc. Their work helped the Vermont Foodbank, a central repository for donated food, prepare food for delivery to food shelfs and other outlets around the state.

“This event highlighted the need for giving and volunteerism following the holidays, and our focus on building an economy where no one is left behind and everyone can prosper,” said Campaign for Vermont founder Bruce Lisman. “The increasing demand for the Foodbank’s services, and assistance provided by countless other organizations, is an important reminder of why we founded Campaign for Vermont.”

Lisman said Campaign for Vermont would carry this theme throughout the state at a series of public forums. The forums will focus on a range of topics related to reforms that will strengthen the economy and combat poverty.

“The Vermonters who will benefit most from our policy work are those who currently rely on the Foodbank and other compassionate service providers to get them through the challenges of today with hope that there will be more opportunities for them tomorrow,” Lisman added.

“We will never lose sight of this. We will always put people and progress first. That’s why each of our public policy forums will also include opportunities to learn about, and contribute to, local food pantries and other human service providers.”

The public forums will be announced on Campaign for Vermont’s Facebook page and in local media.

Press Release

Comment Policy requires that all commenters identify themselves by their authentic first and last names. Initials, pseudonyms or screen names are not permissible.

No personal harrassment, abuse, or hate speech is permitted. Be succinct and to the point. Comments should be 1000 characters or fewer. If your comment is over 500 words, consider sending a commentary instead.

We personally review and moderate every comment that is posted here. This takes a lot of time; please consider donating to keep the conversation productive and informative.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage a civil discourse among readers who are willing to stand behind their identities and their comments. VTDigger has created a safe zone for readers who wish to engage in a thoughtful discussion on a range of subjects. We hope you join the conversation. If you have questions or concerns about our commenting platform, please review our Commenting FAQ.

Privacy policy
  • Maxine Adams

    Yes, heaven forbid we should raise taxes on the wealthy to fund government sponsored poverty programs. Pardon me but I can’t help being suspicious.

Thanks for reporting an error with the story, "Bruce Lisman and Campaign for Vermont partners kick off statewide foc..."