Vermont Food Bank Donation
In December 1986, the Vermont Foodbank opened its doors, serving eight member agency food shelves and community kitchens. Today, the Vermont Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the state, serving more than 270 not-for-profit organizations with meal programs, community kitchens; shelters for the homeless; domestic abuse programs; food shelf programs; group homes; and services for the elderly and children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 6.4 million pounds of food.
Among Vermont households seeking help from food shelves, 14.3% include elderly persons and 41.1% are families with children under the age of 18.
A food bank secures large quantities of food and food-related products from commercial suppliers, concerned citizens, and other sources. After the product is examined and sorted, it is then offered to the Foodbank’s member agencies in exchange for a low per-pound “shared maintenance fee.”
Committed Foodbank volunteers contribute thousands of hours sorting food, preparing mailings, performing clerical work, and helping with special events and community projects.
The Vermont Foodbank receives financial and product support from organizations, corporations, foundations and individuals. Ninety-five percent of the Foodbank budget is sustained by the continuing support of both new and repeat food and financial donors.
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