Hunger Council of Bennington County

With support from the Canaday Family Trust, we are excited to have launched the Hunger Council of Bennington County on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016. This Hunger Council is the 10th Council to have been launched, completing statewide Hunger Council coverage and ensuring that food insecurity and nutrition issues from all part of the state are being addressed in regional community forums.

The Co-Chairs of the Council are:

  • Susan Fox, former Executive Director, Meals on Wheels of Bennington County

  • Kathy O'Reilly, Chronic Health Designee, Vermont Department of Health - Bennington District Office


The Hunger Council last met on Monday, March 11th. The group focused on ways to support schools that serve remote communities, particularly those in the border areas between Bennington, Rutland, Windsor, and Windham Counties. The agenda is available is available HERE, and meeting minutes are available HERE.

Upcoming HUNGER COUNCIL of Bennington County MEETINGs:

Our next Hunger Council meeting on June 6th will be focusing on universal school meals in Bennington County and Vermont - what’s happening now, what effects are they having in our schools, and what opportunities exist to make universal school meals available to all schools in the state. The Hunger Council will hear from Anore Horton, Hunger Free Vermont’s Executive Director, and review ways to spread information on this work. The draft agenda will be available soon.

2018 / 2019 meeting schedule:

  • October 18, 2018, 12:00 - 2:00 at Bennington College's CAPA Symposium Room, 1 College Drive, Bennington.

  • December 6th, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

  • March 11, 2019, TBD

  • June 6th, 2019, 1:00 - 3:00 at the Methodist Church Building, 66 Ice Pond Road, Arlington

Attendance and Hunger Council membership is open to anyone with an interest in ending hunger in the community. Please contact Jenna O'Donnell, Hunger Council Manager, at for more information and if you are interested in learning more or joining the Council.