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End Childhood Hunger

#DoGoodFeedKids

Our commitment to help end childhood hunger reflects our corporate vision to bring peace of mind to everyone we touch and our focus on protecting families.

In 2017, we began our journey to tackle this pervasive issue through a comprehensive approach in collaboration with our community partners. Our ongoing work includes:

  • Targeting donations through the National Life Group Foundation, which helped fund:
    • Summer meals programs during the pandemic providing nutritious food for all children ages 0-18
    • Transportation to help get food to kids and families, especially in this rural state
    • Expansion for a cooler at the Vermont Foodbank to increase the amount of fresh produce distributed
    • Research through the Urban Institute to get to the heart of the problem and share with others to use as a benchmark for their own programs    
  • The construction and installation of our first Do Good Cupboard, providing emergency resources for the community
  • Employee volunteers who regularly donate their time with organizations including the Vermont Foodbank, Hunger Free Vermont, Central Vermont Community Harvest, and others that help get food to children and families

To help tackle this issue, we’ve been working with statewide organizations making a difference now, including Capstone Community Action, Community Harvest of Central Vermont, Green Mountain Farm-to-School, Hunger Free Vermont, Vermont Gleaning Collective, Vermont Foodbank, Vermont Community Foundation and others. They’re committed to ending hunger in Vermont, but we know there’s more we collectively can do.

We’ve created an Employee Action Team (E.A.T.) which is working in a grassroots manner to help end childhood hunger. We’ve also formed a Childhood Hunger Steering Committee which includes thought leaders from throughout the state who can help us pull together the right resources to make a difference.  

How Can You Help? 

  • Donate to your local food shelf or, if you know someone who is struggling with hunger, let them know where one is.

  • Glean. By helping collect food from Vermont’s farms, you can provide nutritious food to those who need it rather than allowing it to go to waste.

  • Don’t judge. Stigma is one of the greatest barriers to getting nutritious food to people, both young and old, because they don’t want to be called out as different. Many people only need emergency access to food for a short period of time because of a catastrophic event like an illness or job loss.

  • Continue to visit this page! As we gain momentum, we’ll update our activity here. You can also leave comments or questions about how we can all help at Giving@nationallife.com.

 

 

 

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