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 of Washington County last met on March 30th at Downstreet Housing and Community Development in Barre. The meeting focused on the connection between health and hunger, including the social determinants of health.

Upcoming hunger Council meetings:

The Hunger Council meets next on May 25th, and will be focused on ways to support access to nutritious foods throughout the summer. (Press Release Here) The draft agenda is available HERE.

All meetings are from 2:00 - 4:00 at Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Place, Barre, unless otherwise noted.

Council membership is open to anyone interested in learning about and tackling food insecurity in their communities. For more information, contact Jenna Banning, Hunger Council Organizer, at jbanning@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.