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 December 14th. The group heard from representatives from two other local community health coalitions, explored assessing food access in Washington County, and reviewed a letter of support behind proposed public transportation lines. The meeting agenda is available HERE, and meeting minutes are available HERE.

The March 8th meeting was cancelled due to weather. 

Upcoming hunger Council meeting:

The Hunger Council next meets on June 12th. More information and a draft agenda will be available closer to the meeting date.

2017/2018 Meeting Schedule:

  • October 5, 2017
  • December 14, 2017
  • March 8, 2018 - cancelled due to weather
  • June 12, 2018 - NOTE NEW DATE; rescheduled from May 31

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