Hunger Council of Washington County

The Hunger Council of Washington County was one of the first two pilot councils launched with support from Northfield Savings Bank in 2006. Washington and Chittenden Counties are Vermont’s two most populous counties and pioneered the Hunger Council model. In the first three pilot years, both Washington and Chittenden County Councils were instrumental in:

  • Expanding access to 3SquaresVT (formerly known as food stamps) to more Vermonters statewide.
  • Passing state legislation to provide free breakfast to all low-income students in Vermont in 2008 and in advocating for the passage of similar legislation for lunch in 2013.
  • Passing the 2009 Child Nutrition Omnibus bill that helped feed children during the summer, in school, and in afterschool programs.

The Co-Chairs of this Hunger Council are: 

  • Eileen Peltier, Executive Director, Downstreet Housing and Community Development
  • Tawnya Kristen, Executive Director, Green Mountain United Way

most recent meeting of the hunger council of washington county:

The Hunger Council last met on June 12th. The group reflected on the past 12 years of the Council's history, and discussed next steps for the group in recognition with other community collaborations and networks. The meeting agenda is available HERE; meeting minutes are available HERE

Upcoming hunger Council meeting:

The Hunger Council's next quarterly meeting will be on Thursday, October 4th. This meeting will be held by conference call - contact Jenna O'Donnell for the call-in information. 

2018/2019 Meeting Schedule:

  • October 4, 2018
  • other dates to be set soon.

All meetings, unless otherwise noted, will be from 2:00 - 4:00. The 2018-2019 meetings will rotate between being held in-person and by conference call. All in-person meetings will be held at Downstreet Housing and Community Development, Suite 100, 22 Keith Avenue, Barre.

Hunger Council membership is open to anyone interested in learning about and tackling food insecurity in their communities. For more information, contact Jenna O'Donnell, Hunger Council Manager, at jodonnell@hungerfreevt.org .


In March 2016, the Hunger Council published a Letter to the Editor in support of the Zap the Gap Campaign as a way to increase access to afterschool and summer meals and programming. The Letter to the Editor was published in the Times Argus, and is available HERE.