BARRE >> At a VeggieVanGo delivery to Barre City School, the Vermont Foodbank announced that VSECU, a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody in Vermont, will again support the organization with $40,000 to power food distribution to Vermonters in need. This marks a total of $200,000 that VSECU has donated over five years.
"VSECU is a leader in the work of addressing hunger in Vermont and we are grateful for the longtime support," said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. "Their partnership creates real impact on the lives of Vermonters who are struggling. VSECU's support today is a testament to their commit to the health and food security of our neighbors."
Today's delivery of fresh food is part of the Vermont Foodbank's VeggieVanGo initiative, now in its second year. VeggieVanGo delivers free produce to schools, healthcare facilities, and affordable housing sites. The aim of the program is to help people who cannot afford to buy enough fruits and vegetables to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Beyond Barre, schools in Rutland, Bennington, Brattleboro, and Winooski receive VeggieVanGo deliveries twice a month.
The grant from VSECU will support the delivery of fresh food today at Barre City School and throughout Vermont for the next year.
Staff from VSECU was on hand to help distribute food at Barre City School. "We're so proud, not only to support the great work of the Vermont Foodbank, but that our VSECU team has continued to show a commitment to community through their volunteer work with the Foodbank and many other organizations that create meaningful impact for Vermonters," said Rob Miller, CEO of VSECU.
For more information on the impact of this donation, view our infographic at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/vsecu.
About the Vermont Foodbank
Vermont Foodbank is the state's largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs. In FY2015, the Vermont Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food to 153,100 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. Charity Navigator awarded the Vermont Foodbank four out of a possible four stars. Learn more at www.charitynavigator.org.