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 September 25th. The group focused largely on two discussions: a review of the local holiday food programs, and a working session on ways to effectively use data to tell the story of hunger in the region. The meeting agenda is available HERE and meeting minutes are available HERE.

Upcoming hunger council meeting:

The Hunger Council has postponed its Nov. 27 meeting; more details will be available by the first week of December, 2018.

2018 / 2019 Meeting schedule:

  • September 25, 2018

  • November 27, 2018 - Postponed

  • February 26, 2019

  • May 14, 2019

All meetings, unless otherwise noted, are from 2:00 - 4:00 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).