Vt. Food Bank fears 'perfect storm'

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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.


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