This post is by Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan. Each year Attorney General Donovan's office leads the Lawyers Fighting Hunger Food Drive, which brings together law firms and lawyers from around the state to participate in a friendly competition that works to solve hunger in Vermont. The Attorney General has written this piece as a kick-off for the start of the annual food drive.
Lottie is a single mom living in Concord, Vermont. For Lottie, challenges with transportation and affordable childcare have made it difficult to make enough money to afford food. Despite working, she doesn't make enough to cover her basic needs, but is making too much to qualify for many assistance programs.
This September, the Vermont Foodbank joins Feeding America food banks across the country to take part in Hunger Action Month and inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 40 million Americans, including 12.5 million children and 5.5 million seniors, are food insecure.
Another August has come and gone and with it, another Point To Point! This year nearly 400 athletes joined us in Ascutney to ride bikes and run on the trails to raise money to fight hunger in Vermont. Thanks to everybody who came out to run and ride, to fix bikes, to cheer on friends and family members, to donate, and to support the event.
Earlier this month Tom Abbiati, a dedicated Foodbank staff member passed away. For the past fifteen years he worked hard every day to ensure that all people in Vermont had access to the food they needed. His kind, thoughtful nature touched the lives of us all. He truly spent his life making the community a better place and bringing joy to the people around him. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy lives on through the lives he changed and the hope he brought to people throughout Vermont.
Zoey is 11 years old. She lives with her mom and her brother Zeus. Zoey sees her mom work hard to provide for their family. She also sees the stress of making sure that everyone has enough to eat at home, especially during the summer when they can’t rely on school meals. Thanks to supporters like you, Zoey and her family can attend free lunches in their community this summer while school is out. This is Zoey’s story.