Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about hunger in Vermont? Check out facts, figures, and statistics in the Hunger in America survey.

As a member of Feeding America, our mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont will go hungry. Thousands of our neighbors struggle to meet their food needs. Each year the Vermont Foodbank and our network of partners throughout the state serve as many as 153,000 Vermonters in need of emergency food assistance

Food insecurity is when a family or an individual is unable to obtain enough safe and nutritious food from socially acceptable sources in order to lead an active and healthy life.
The Vermont Foodbank secures large quantities of food from grocery stores, food manufacturers, farms, businesses, restaurants, individuals, and Feeding America, the national network of food banks. After the product is examined and sorted, it is distributed statewide to our network partners. Food banks do not give food directly to individuals. The Vermont Foodbank is the only food bank in the state.

A food shelf is a local non-profit that provides food dir