The annual Hunger Action Conference will be held on Friday May, 8, 2015 at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel. This year’s day-long conference will explore the relationship between hunger, health and nutrition.

“We know that our clients cope with food insecurity in a variety of ways—some purchase inexpensive foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value, others overeat when food is abundant to compensate for feeling hungry when their fridge is bare,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO.  “Many of these strategies have negative health implications. Our clients are often at the highest risk for long-term health conditions such as high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes and obesity.”


This year’s conference will include presentations and workshops from a board spectrum of experts on the issues of hunger, health and nutrition

Hunger Action Conference highlights:

  • Nutrition & Health for Life with Dr. Robert Murray,  Ohio State University
  • Following dietary guidelines on a fixed budget with Dr. Robert Murray
  • Beyond the Study: Using Hunger in America 2014 to Measure, Communicate, and Engage
  • Hunger, Nutrition, and Health – An Evolution in Food Banking, Feeding America
  • Nudging healthier food choices with Dr. David Just, Cornell University
  • Fresh Food Handling: Case studies from our network
  • Tracey Dolan, Vermont Department of Health Deputy Commissioner
  • Invited: Senator Bernie Sanders
Vermont Foodbank Hunger Action Conference

Photo courtesy of Angelique McAlpine

“We know health and hunger are inextricably linked and we are excited to be laying the groundwork to better address the health and nutrition of the 153,000 people in Vermont who turn to us for help,” concluded Sayles.

Click here for registration and conference details.




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.