Today’s blog is written by Judy Stermer, Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Judy has worked for the Vermont Foodbank for 10 years and today, writes about Pack to Give Back. 

During the last few days, the Vermont Foodbank has been handing out food boxes and holiday meal fixings to our friends and neighbors in need. During this year’s Pack to Give Back, the Vermont Foodbank, along with nearly 100 volunteers packed and distributed food for Thanksgiving to 1,500 families in Rutland, Barre, and Brattleboro.

The event started on Wednesday, November 18th when students from Mill River Union High School came to the Foodbank’s Rutland Distribution Center and packed 1,500 boxes with Thanksgiving staples like stuffing, veggies, yams, potatoes, etc. Students from the National Honor Society at Mill River raised $5,000 as well, to provide holiday meals for members of their community in need.  It was so much fun to see their enthusiasm and pride for the work that they were doing. The learned about the Foodbank and how their funds were going to help provide hope this holiday season.

On Thursday and Friday, volunteers from Rutland Medical Center, Grace Church and Dealer.com helped hand out boxes in Rutland and Barre. Hundreds of families left with cars full of Thanksgiving staples, fresh produce, vouchers for a free gallon of milk, water, and more. More than once, I experienced men and women, young and old sharing their overwhelming gratitude.

I have worked for the Foodbank for 10 years, and last year a team of us came up with and executed Pack to Give Back in Barre. For me, it