Vermont Foodbank Worried about drop in donations, spendingTweet
Food shelf organizers said it’s a drop in private donations and also decreased government spending that’s making it harder to feed the growing number of hungry Vermonters.
At Tuesday’s news conference, Sanders said he is worried about cuts to nutrition programs that might be made in Washington, D.C. He said the Senate wants a farm bill that gives TEFAP more spending money. Sanders fears the House will cut those dollars.
Vermont Foodbank officials said already-decreased spending in 2012 meant a 1.2 million-pound drop in food available to Vermonters. They’re calling the potential cuts a crisis.
Foodbank organizers want Vermonters to step up while the federal government works on the bill.
“We need you out there, our citizens in Vermont talking about this, advocating for these programs. We need you to donate your time, come to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, see if you can volunteer,” said John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank. He said financial donations are also helpful.