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