Hunger Free Vermont
2016 PROGRAM Successes

Photo courtesy of the New England Dairy & Food Council, Karen Pike Photography .

Photo courtesy of the New England Dairy & Food Council, Karen Pike Photography.

Child Nutrition Initiatives

  • Made possible an additional 2,800 students at 13 Vermont schools in the 2016-2017 school year to receive universal free school meals. Since the federal school meals provision became available in 2014, we’ve helped Vermont become the leader in the northeast region with implementing the universal free school meals model at 65 schools, serving of over 13,800 kids!
  • Drastically increased school breakfast participation through our partnership with the New England Dairy and Food Council on the Vermont Breakfast After the Bell Challenge. The Challenge encouraged schools to move breakfast after the bell, a strategy that increased participation as much as 647%– leading to better student health and learning.
  • Conducted the outreach and customized assistance to ensure over 300 summer meal sites served over 450,000 summer meals to kids who need this vital nutrition for their health and proper development.
  • Added 11 additional afterschool meals sites through our customized assistance, bringing the total to 94 afterschool meal sites serving over 7,000 Vermont students. 
  • Conducted 25 trainings on nutrition topics and assisted over 75 centers in offering high quality, nutritious meals and snacks for children in their care.
Photographer: Sidney Eley

Photographer: Sidney Eley


  • Instituted a joint initiative with the VT Agency of Human Services and VT‘s Area Agencies on Aging to ensure seniors receiving Medicaid are aware they may also qualify for 3SquaresVT to help pay for their groceries. 
  • Collaborated with NOFA-VT to promote the option for 3SquaresVT participants to use their benefits at farmers’ markets – and receive Crop Cash coupons to maximize their spending power. In summer 2016, there were 5,846 3SquaresVT transactions at farmers’ markets,  redeeming $52,044 in Crop Cash coupons and bringing $125,129 to our local agricultural economy.
Photographer: Finn Yarbrough

Photographer: Finn Yarbrough


  • Offered 37 series of The Learning Kitchen, providing over 410 low-income youth and adults with the skills they need to shop for and prepare healthy meals on a budget.
  • Launched the new Hunger Councils of Bennington County and Rutland County, bringing community leaders together to amplify the work of Hunger Free Vermont and address hunger in their communities. This completed the expansion of the unique Hunger Council model to cover every part of the state and the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. 

2016 Financials

Source of funds

Use of funds



TOTAL USE OF FUNDS: $1,015,149

Thank you to our supporters!

  • Thank you to all our generous donors, partners, and friends who supported our mission by giving in 2016. You made our crucial work possible!
  • We were proud to receive continued support from the Vermont Community Foundation's Farm and Food initiative grant program for our exciting school meals work, which is expanding meal programs while increasing purchasing power for schools in our strong local food system.
  • Food Research and Action Center, Jane B. Cook Charitable Trust, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and Newman's Own Foundation all gave substantial continued support to our core program work.


THM Property Management Services, LLC

THM Property Management Services, LLC

June 2017 board meeting including outgoing and incoming board members.

June 2017 board meeting including outgoing and incoming board members.


Sylvia Geiger (Board Chair), Hinesburg, VT, Registered Dietician, Lecturer, Dept. of Food & Nutritional Services, UVM
Amy Levine (Vice Chair/Secretary), Marshfield, VT, Director of Marketing, Cabot Creamery
Brian Waxler (Monitoring Officer), Shelburne, VT, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Pomerleau Real Estate
Darren Allen, Burlington, VT, Communications Director, Vermont-NEA
Jennifer Andrews, Winooski, VT, Accounting Professional
Alison Bell, Stowe, VT, Partner, Langrock Sperry & Wool
Colleen Brown, VT, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Vermont
Laura Carlsmith, Hinesburg, VT, Director, Northfield Savings Bank Foundation
Jim Glazier, South Burlington, VT, Rabbi, Temple Sinai
Steve Marinelli, St. Albans, VT, Director of Food Services, Milton Town School District
Pamela Puthoor, Colchester, VT, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, UVM Medical Center Children's Hospital
Michael Sirotkin, South Burlington, VT, Vermont Democratic Senator for Chittenden County
Tom Torti, Burlington, VT, President, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
John Tunnicliffe, Norwich, VT, Director of Retail Operations, King Arthur Flour


Marissa Parisi, MS, Executive Director
Jenna Banning, MS, Hunger Council Organizer
Catherine Caum, Development Associate
Faye Conte, MS, Advocacy & Education Director
Lisri Correll, Child Nutrition Initiatives Specialist
Katy Davis, MA, Nutrition and Community Education Manager
Alida Duncan, Development & Marketing Director
Ginger Farineau, MAT, Child Nutrition Initiatives Manager
Anore Horton, MA, MAT, Nutrition Initiatives Director
Rebecca Mitchell, Child Nutrition Initiatives Specialist
Kristen Rauch, Nutrition Education & Direct Market Outreach Coordinator
Gretchen Stern, Operations Director
Monica Taylor, MAT, Donor Relations Manager
Drake Turner, MPA, Adult Nutrition Initiatives Manager