BARRE (AP) -- With food donations down 18 percent and federal funding cuts coming Nov. 1, the Vermont Foodbank says Vermonters in need of nutrition assistance are facing a "perfect storm."
Foodbank CEO John Sayles says a food aid funding boost passed by Congress in 2009 expires at the end of the month. Households will see benefit cuts ranging from $11 to $36 per month.
Meanwhile, a major donor to food banks in New England has discontinued that activity, resulting in a 10 percent drop in donated food.
Sayles says the Foodbank is absorbing that news as it expects increasing demand due to the cuts in funding that supports the 3SquaresVermont program.