//Fight Hunger Spark Change – Vermont National Guard Food Drive
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Did you know that 18% of the households served by the Vermont Foodbank have a family member who has served in the US Military?

To shine a spotlight on hunger among Veterans and to raise support to ensure that all are fed, the Vermont Foodbank is teaming up with the 86th Troop Command of the Vermont National Guard and Walmart’s Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign.

On Saturday, May 18th, visit the Walmart in Williston, VT to make a difference! The 86th Troop Command of the Vermont National Guard will be there collecting food and fund donations for the Williston Foodshelf. And for each item donated, they will do as many push ups as the donor requests!

AND for each participating item purchased in store or online, Walmart will donate 1 meal to the Vermont Foodbank.
Or you can make a donation, of any amount, at the register and self checkouts.

Too often veterans return from service struggling with injuries and both mental and physical health issues. They often confront challenges finding good-paying work and too many find themselves unemployed, homeless, and food insecure.

These are just a few quotes that we heard from Vermont veterans and their families:

“I try to make pasta dishes last three days. I haven’t had eggs or butter in the house for a week and a half, because we had a big expenditure for medications at the beginning of this month.”

“Well, I got sick and had a stroke. I had to stop working. If it wasn’t for the food stamps I wouldn’t have been able to pay rent or have enough to eat. I had looked into resources in this area just in case I became homeless.”

When people struggle with hunger, this has a negative impact on their health and their ability to tackle the challenges of life. For our veterans to be healthy and able to thrive in their communities with the respect they’ve earned, it is critical that they have enough nourishing food every day.

Veterans have fought to make our country a better place. Giving the gift of food is one way for us to say “thank you for your service”!

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