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 April 24th. The Council met with representatives of the region's medical providers to explore the connections between food security and health. The meeting agenda is available HERE; meeting minutes are available HERE.

Upcoming hunger council meeting:

The next Hunger Council meeting will be on June 5th. Building off conversations at our last Council meeting and a previous meeting on this topic in 2016, the Council and guests will be focusing on ways to support each other and the overall system of nutrition and cooking education in the region. The draft agenda is available HERE.  

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).