Hunger Council of the Windham Region

In 2009, Northfield Savings Bank continued their funding for another three years to help Hunger Free Vermont expand the Hunger Council model to other areas of the state. With additional support from the Windham Fund, in 2011 the Hunger Council of the Windham Region was launched.

The Co-Chairs of this Hunger Council are: 

  • Lisa Pitcher, Director of Our Place Drop-In Center

  • Margaret Atkinson, Director of Development & Community Relations, Winston Prouty Center for Child & Family Development

most recent hunger council meeting:

The Hunger Council last met on July 10th, and had a strategic conversation on the most effective ways to raise awareness of hunger in the community and solutions. A new subcommittee was formed to explore this project. The group also heard updates from the Healthy Harvest Network and the Out of School Subcommittee. The meeting agenda is available HERE and meeting minutes are available HERE.

upcoming hunger council of the windham region meetings:

The Hunger Council is meeting on September 4th to discuss recent proposals from the federal government that could dramatically impact access and usage of 3SquaresVT and other programs. Hunger Free Vermont and the Hunger Council will explore the potential impact of these policies, and how community members can get involved to help protect food security.

The Hunger Council will also continue its discussion on raising community awareness of food insecurity, reviewing key data on the region as well as statewide reports. The subcommittees and Hunger Free Vermont will provide updates, action plans, and more. The meeting agenda is available HERE.

2019 Meeting Schedule:

  • January 9

  • March 6

  • May 1

  • July 10

  • September 4

  • November 6

Hunger Council membership is open to all community members. All meetings will be held from 9:30 - 11:30 at Holton Hall at the Winston Prouty Campus in Brattleboro unless otherwise noted. Contact Jenna O'Donnell, Hunger Council Manager, at for more information.

The Out-of-School Time Subcommittee has created resources for schools to share with students and families about accessing food during breaks. See those resources here

The Food Pantries and Food Shelves Sub-Committee created a Healthy Foods Donation Guide in 2014 and updated in 2016, aimed at helping increase the nutritional quality of food donated to food shelves, pantries, or drives.