Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Since 2018, Vermont Foodbank has been on a journey to become a more inclusive and diverse organization that centers equity in everything we do. These efforts are ever-evolving as we build our awareness and competencies around systems of oppression that disproportionately impact people from marginalized groups.

We still have work to do, but here are a few examples of what we’ve done so far:

People's hands forming a heart.
People's hands forming a heart.
  • We are building staff skills for inclusive meetings, communication, and collaboration.
  • We have prioritized learning opportunities that deepen our understanding of (1) the unearned privileges that disproportionately benefit some groups at the expense of others, and (2) systems of oppression that disproportionately disadvantage people from marginalized groups.
  • We expanded our leadership team to include non-executive staff, with the goals of including more diverse viewpoints and establishing participatory decision-making practices.
  • We founded a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team to resource our organization for an ever-deepening commitment to equity.
  • We restructured some internal functions (HR, IT, and Administration, for example) to better serve equitable outcomes.
  • We are learning to attribute our logo, the bird and the corn kernel, to its Indigenous meanings and origins.
  • We are learning to apply an equity lens to all aspects of our work including employee compensation, hiring, marketing, program design, and service delivery (just to name a few).

If you’d like to connect with us about our journey, past and future, you can contact us at  info@vtfoodbank.org.

Our Commitment for How We Do Our Work

Guiding our work are shared commitments; provided below are some of those commitments that inform how we live into our mission and strategic direction, including our goals, strategies, and accountability.


There are so many resources available. Here are a few that were part of our learning journey:

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