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. More details and a draft agenda will be available closer to the meeting date.

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 September meeting will be held at the Hartford Town Hall, Room 2, 171 Bridge Street, White River Junction, VT. The November, March, and June meetings will be held at the Vermont Department of Health Building, 118 Prospect Street, Suite 300, White River Junction, VT. (If googling the Dept. of Health address, make sure it's bringing you to Hartford, VT; Google maps frequently confuses this address and sends you to Lebanon, NH.)

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 Organizer, 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).