Barre, VT—Today, VSECU announced a three-year financial pledge to the Vermont Foodbank to support their mission of gathering and sharing quality food and nurturing partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.
“VSECU is a long-time supporter of the Vermont Foodbank as its work is so vital to thousands of Vermonters across the state,” said Steve Post, VSECU’s chief executive officer. “To show our commitment to their mission, our Board of Directors is very pleased to be able to pledge $120,000 over the next three years to help power the Foodbank trucks that deliver food to various food shelves around the state.”
And this pledge couldn’t come at a better time. During the first quarter of the 2012, the Vermont Foodbank and its network of 280 food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers, and after-school programs around the state experienced a 15 percent increase in demand for charitable food. “The Foodbank and our network are working together to address the growing need for food in our communities,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank chief executive officer. “Our partnership with VSECU makes the job of gathering and sharing quality food easier, ensuring that our trucks are on the road every day, reaching those in most need of our services.”
VSECU has been a supporter of the Vermont Foodbank for nearly two decades, but this is the first multi-year pledge that the Foodbank has received from VSECU. “VSECU’s partnership in the fight against hunger in Vermont is invaluable,” added Sayles. “We are so grateful for their continuing support and look forward to all that will be accomplished over the next three years, as we work closely together to ensure all our neighbors have enough to eat.”
About Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2011, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonters. 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. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action against hunger and poverty in Vermont, visit us on the web at www.vtfoodbank.org.