The Abbey Group has partnered with the Vermont Foodbank to educate students on childhood hunger and the hardship of food insecurity. The effort started in May when all lunch menus featured facts about childhood hunger in Vermont and “Kate,” an illustration of a girl who represents the nearly 25,000 Vermont children who struggle with hunger. As a part of the effort, The Abbey Group hosted canned food drives at over 25 schools around the state and donated $2,500 dollars to the Vermont Foodbank.

The Abbey group donates $2,500

Abbey Underwood, marketing director of The Abbey Group, presents a check to Stephani Kononan, Vermont Foodbank marketing and promotions manager.

“The objective was to promote tolerance and civic responsibility,” said Abbey Underwood, marketing director of The Abbey Group. “We wanted to engage students by giving them the facts and then offering a way to help the cause.”

“We are thrilled to be working with The Abbey Group to raise awareness about this issue of hunger,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “The Abbey Group and their employees see firsthand the effects food has on the growth and development of children and how a lack of food or hunger prevents kids and families from participating as full members of our community.”



Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network of more than 300 community partners – food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. Food insecurity has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic, economic disruptions, and recent flooding. The Vermont Foodbank and its network have been on the front lines, working to ensure that everyone has the food they need to maintain their health. Last year, the Vermont Foodbank provided over 12 million pounds of food to people throughout Vermont. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.