Hunger COuncil of the Upper Valley

 Hunger Council members share best practices around nutrition and cooking education at the June 2018 meeting.

Hunger Council members share best practices around nutrition and cooking education at the June 2018 meeting.

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 June 5th. Building off conversations at the April meeting and a previous meeting on the topic in 2016, the Council and guests shared best practices and discussed ways to support the overall system of nutrition and cooking education in the region. The meeting agenda is available HERE; meeting minutes are available HERE

Upcoming hunger council meeting:

The next quarterly Hunger Council meeting will be in late August or September. 

2017 / 2018 Meeting schedule:

  • September 12, 2017
  • November 28, 2017
  • March 13, 2018 - RESCHEDULED to April 24, 2018
  • June 5, 2018

All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are from 2:00 - 4:00. The June meeting will be held at the Vermont Department of Health - White River Junction District Office, Room 120, 118 Prospect 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).