Hunger Free Vermont
2017 PROGRAM Successes


Child Nutrition Initiatives

  • Provided customized assistance to 40 schools to add new meal programs and/or increase participation, resulting in 2,364 children eating at least one additional meal each day. Two of these schools now offer universal free school meals. Since 2014, we’ve helped Vermont become the leader in the northeast region with implementing this model at now a total of 67 schools, serving of over 14,170 kids!

  • Worked with the Vermont Farm to School Network and the Vermont State Legislature to increase funding for the Farm to School Grant Program, expanding its reach to support child nutrition programs and childcare providers.

  • Increased school breakfast participation by 32%-642% in the 15 Vermont schools that took the VT Breakfast After the Bell Challenge during the 2016-2017 school year. Vermont is now ranked 4th in the nation for breakfast participation.

  • Helped more schools and communities feed children during out-of-school-time. Vermont is now ranked 3rd in the country for participation in the federal Summer Food Service Program. The number of afterschool meal programs has grown eight times just since 2010, with over 7,000 children served.

  • Conducted free trainings on nutrition to directors and workers representing at least 39 childcare centers from every county of the state, serving approximately 1,200 young children and their families.

Photographer: Sidney Eley

Photographer: Sidney Eley


  • Provided 14 free trainings for over 230 state and private sector social workers and counselors who help eligible Vermonters apply for 3SquaresVT benefits.

  • 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 2017, there were 7,375 3SquaresVT transactions at farmers’ markets, redeeming $65,782 in Crop Cash coupons and bringing $150,467 to our local agricultural economy. 

Photographer: Finn Yarborough

Photographer: Finn Yarborough


  • Collaborated with Vermont’s healthcare providers so they better understand the vital role that good nutrition plays in helping patients heal and stay well. Successfully piloted a food security intake screening tool at UVM Medical Center’s inpatient pediatric department and integrated it into their online records system.

  • Offered 32 series of The Learning Kitchen, providing over 350 low-income youth and adults with the skills they need to shop for and prepare healthy meals on a budget.

  • Facilitated the activities and growth of 10 regional Hunger Councils, bringing together over 1,000 Vermonters and the community organizations they represent to coordinate efforts to end hunger and malnutrition in their local communities.

2017 Financials

Source of funds

Use of funds



TOTAL USE OF FUNDS: $1,083,301

Thank you to our supporters!

  • Thank you to all our generous donors, partners, and friends who supported our mission by giving in 2017. You made our crucial work possible!

  • We were proud to receive continued support from the Vermont Community Foundation's Food and Farm 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.


June 2017 board meeting photo of incoming board members: Nicole Rohrig, Ken White, Lisa Helmholz-Adams, Misse Axelrod, Cathy Davis, Jeff Danies

June 2017 board meeting photo of incoming board members: Nicole Rohrig, Ken White, Lisa Helmholz-Adams, Misse Axelrod, Cathy Davis, Jeff Danies


Darren Allen (Board Chair), Burlington, VT, Communications Director, Vermont-NEA Pamela Puthoor, (Vice Chair/Secretary),Colchester, VT, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, UVM Medical Center Children's Hospital
Brian Waxler (Monitoring Officer), Shelburne, VT, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Pomerleau Real Estate
Jennifer Andrews, Winooski, VT, Accounting Professional
Misse Axelrod, Roxbury, VT, Owner, The Vermont Farm and Forest School at Drift Farmstead
Alison Bell, Stowe, VT, Partner, Langrock Sperry & Wool
Colleen Brown, VT, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, District of Vermont
Jeff Danies, Williston, VT, Senior Vice President of Wealth Management & Financial Planning Specialist and Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Cathy Davis, Jericho, VT, Executive Vice President, Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Helmholz-Adams, Manchester, VT, Founder, Helmholz Fine Art
Amy Levine , Marshfield, VT, Director of Marketing, Cabot Creamery
Nicole Rohrig, VT, Registered Dietician, Clinical Dietician, Sodexo at the University of Vermont
Michael Sirotkin, South Burlington, VT, Vermont Democratic Senator for Chittenden County
John Tunnicliffe, Norwich, VT, Director of Retail Operations, King Arthur Flour
Ken White, Winooski, VT, Pastor, College Street Congregational Church


Anore Horton, MA, MAT, Executive Director
Catherine Caum, Grants Manager
Katy Davis, MA, Community Health Initiatives Director
Ginger Farineau, MAT, Nutrition Initiatives Manager
Faye (Conte) Mack, MS, Advocacy & Education Director
Rebecca Mitchell, Child Nutrition Initiatives Specialist
Tim Morgan, Child Nutrition Initiatives Specialist
Phil Morin, Food Security Specialist
Sabiha Mujic, Nutrition Education & Direct Market Outreach Coordinator
Jenna O'Donnell, MS, Hunger Council Manager
Olivia Peña, MS, Food Security Specialist
Gretchen Stern, Operations Director
Monica Taylor, MAT, Development Director
Drake Turner, MPA, Food Security Advocacy Manager