National Life Group Foundation Donates $30,000 to Vermont Foodbank

Charitable Grant Supports Youth Food Programs, Including Backpack Program


Montpelier, Vermont – A $30,000 grant from the National Life Group Foundation will benefit youth food programs of the Vermont Foodbank.

National Life Group generously donates to help end childhood hunger

National Life CEO Mehran Assadi, left, and Chairman Thomas MacLeay, right, present a check to Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles.

The grant will help to support the Backpack program, in which children are given backpacks filled with nutritious, tasty food to take home on weekends when they and their family might otherwise go hungry.

Additionally, it will help fund the Foodbank’s VeggieVanGo Schools Program, which gets fresh fruits and vegetables into some of the Backpack schools. The Backpack program serves 27 schools and 1,250 children with 120,000 pounds of packaged food. The VeggieVanGo program distributes 224,000 pounds of fresh food to 900 students and their families in 17 schools.

“This is a grant that invests in proven programs serving a well-identified need,” said Thomas MacLeay, chairman of the National Life Foundation board. “National Life has supported the Vermont Foodbank for many years and we’re proud that we can help address childhood hunger with such a great partner.”

National Life Group has also once again signed on to be the presenting sponsor of this summer’s Harpoon Point to Point Presented by National Life Group, an annual bicycle fundraising ride. Last year, the event raised $210,000 for the Foodbank’s programs. Registration for this year’s ride just opened. It will take place on Aug. 12 at the Harpoon brewery in Windsor.

National Life has a long history of supporting the Vermont Foodbank stretching back 30 years, including with financial contributions, sponsorships, and volunteering.


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.