As a Food Security Specialist at Hunger Free Vermont Phil provides integrated outreach and training on 3SquaresVT, a federal nutrition program that works to eliminate food insecurity in our state. In addition to training service providers who work directly with Vermonters in need of nutrition resources, Phil deploys targeted strategies to reach vulnerable populations such as college students, seniors, new Americans, and working families with young children. Phil works collaboratively with federal, state, and community partners to address barriers to participation and ensure all Vermonters gain access to the programs for which they are eligible.
Phil graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012, yet has remained actively involved in his alma mater as an advisor to several of the organizations he was a member of as an undergraduate student, including Feel Good which is an anti-hunger organization on campus. This consistent contact with college students, and his understanding of the issue of hunger, has made him acutely aware of the growing issue of food insecurity in our college communities. He now leads Hunger Free Vermont’s effort to address this problem on a state level.
Before joining Hunger Free Vermont, Phil worked in project coordination and sales at a few small, locally owned businesses in the Burlington area, putting his BA in Art History and Business Administration into practice. This background translates nicely to his work at Hunger Free Vermont where project coordination and relationship building is paramount, yet his current position also allows him to fulfill his passion for working in the anti-hunger field. A native to rural Vermont, Phil is proud to work toward a mission that is making a difference for his fellow Vermonters. Phil lives in the Old North End of Burlington with his partner and cat, and is a proud uncle to his sister’s son.