We recognize strong communities sustain successful businesses. When we learned there are 19,000* food insecure children in Vermont (kids who don’t consistently have access to nutritious food), we knew we wanted to help. Why?
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, Salvation Farms, Vermont Foodbank, 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.
Check out this Urban Institute report detailing the causes of childhood hunger as well as areas for investment and action.
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 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.
*Feeding America, 2018
** “Effects of Childhood Hunger Lasts for Decades,” Alice Park, Time, August 2, 2010