Hunger Council OF Chittenden County


The Hunger Council of Chittenden County was one of the first two pilot councils launched with support from Northfield Savings Bank in 2006. Chittenden and Washington Counties are Vermont’s two most populous counties and pioneered the Hunger Council model. Both Chittenden and Washington County Councils have been instrumental in:

  • Expanding access to 3SquaresVT (formerly known as food stamps) to more Vermonters statewide.

  • Passing state legislation to provide free breakfast to all low-income students in Vermont in 2008 and in advocating for the passage of similar legislation for lunch in 2013.

  • Passing the 2009 Child Nutrition Omnibus bill that helped feed children during the summer, in school, and in afterschool programs.

The Co-Chairs of this Hunger Council are:

  • Amy Carmola, Director of Community Impact & Volunteer Mobilization at the United Way of Northwest Vermont

  • Travis Poulin, Director, Chittenden Community Action


The Hunger Council last met on Monday, January 28. The group learned more about school meals, and heard from the Burlington School Food Project, the Winooski School District, and Hunger Free Vermont’s Child Nutrition team. The Hunger Council also revisited the previous meeting’s discussion on collective action, and shared updates on organizations and projects. The meeting agenda is available HERE and meeting minutes are available HERE.


The next quarterly Hunger Council of Chittenden County meeting will be on Monday, April 8. The meeting will be focused on supporting access to culturally appropriate foods, especially in the charitable food system. More information and a draft agenda will be available closer to the meeting date.

2018/2019 Meeting Schedule:

  • September 24th, 2018

  • November 26th, 2018

  • January 28th, 2019

  • April 8th, 2019

All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, 110 West Canal Street, Winooski, from 1:30 - 3:30.

Hunger Council membership is open to anyone interested in increasing food security in the community. For more information on the Hunger Councils, contact Jenna O'Donnell, Hunger Council Manager, at .