Hunger COuncil of the Upper Valley

With support from the Canaday Family Trust, we launched the first meeting of the Hunger Council of the Upper Valley on Monday, September 21st, 2015. This is the seventh Hunger Council, and Hunger Free Vermont's first Council to cross state lines into parts of New Hampshire.

The Co-Chairs for this Hunger Council are:

  • Jennifer Fontaine, Director of Community Services and Operations at the Upper Valley Haven
  • Gabe Zoerheide, Executive Director of Willing Hands

most recent meeting of the Hunger council:

The Hunger Council last met on November 28th to focus on engaging the private sector in mission-driven work by non-philanthropic means. The meeting agenda is available HERE and meeting minutes are available HERE.

Upcoming hunger council meeting:

The Hunger Council meets next on Tuesday, March 13th. The Council will be meeting with representatives of the region's medical providers to explore the connections between food security and health. A draft agenda will be available soon. 

2017 / 2018 Meeting schedule:

  • September 12, 2017
  • November 28, 2017
  • March 13, 2018
  • June 5, 2018

All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are from 2:00 - 4:00. The November meeting was held at the Vermont Department of Health's building; the September, March, and June meetings are to be held at the  Hartford Town Hall, Room 2, 171 Bridge Street, White River Junction, VT. 

Hunger Council membership is open to anyone interested in ending hunger in their community. For more information on the Hunger Council, contact Jenna O'Donnell, Hunger Council Manager, at jodonnell@hungerfreevt.org .


In 2017, the Hunger Council of the Upper Valley sent an introductory letter to the NH State Legislators representing the Upper Valley region. This letter introduced legislators to the Hunger Council, and encouraged them to support federal nutrition programs like SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).