VPR, Vermont PBS, Vermont Foodbank, VCF join forces for Giving Tuesday

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VPR, Vermont PBS, Vermont Foodbank, VCF join forces for Giving Tuesday

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 11:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VPR and Vermont PBS are teaming up with the Vermont Foodbank to provide an opportunity to support two important causes with one gift. For every gift to VPR & Vermont PBS on Giving Tuesday, the Vermont Community Foundation and additional generous supporters will donate the equivalent of 25 meals so that the Vermont Foodbank can help Vermonters facing hunger and food insecurity.

This Giving Tuesday will be more important than ever. The annual global day of giving that arose in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday falls on Tuesday, November 30 this year. This celebration of philanthropy gives people an opportunity to focus their holiday spirit on organizations doing important work in their communities, an especially important endeavor given the impact of the many challenges Vermont continues to face.

Hunger has increased dramatically during the pandemic. According to the National Food Access and COVID Research Team at UVM, 1 in 3 people in Vermont have reported facing food insecurity during the pandemic, a dramatic increase from 1 in 10 pre-pandemic. To meet the increased need, the Vermont Foodbank has nearly doubled its distribution as compared to pre-pandemic levels.  “We continue to see the impact of the pandemic creating food insecurity for our neighbors,” says Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles. “With rising prices of food and other necessities, this holiday season is full of unknowns; many of us will face challenges putting food on the table. The Vermont Foodbank is proud to partner with VPR & Vermont PBS and the Vermont Community Foundation to change that. With the help of supporters around the state this Giving Tuesday, we can ensure that we all have the food we need.”

The Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network of more than 300 community partners – food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, after-school programs, schools and hospitals. Throughout the pandemic, the Vermont Foodbank and its network have been on the front lines, working to ensure that everyone has the food they need to maintain their health.

The Vermont Foodbank has collaborated with Vermont Public Radio on Giving Tuesday for the past six years. Earlier this year, VPR and Vermont PBS merged to create a unified public media organization to serve the state. 

"We are so honored to collaborate with the Vermont Foodbank again this year," said Brendan Kinney, senior vice president of development at VPR & Vermont PBS. "Our new unified organization is committed to serving the community more deeply than ever before with trusted journalism, quality entertainment, and rich educational programming that is accessible and inclusive to all. We know our audience will rise to the challenge on Giving Tuesday because they can make a difference by supporting public media in Vermont while also helping neighbors in need."

“Today—with your support—we can help hundreds of Vermont families to put food on their tables as they gather to celebrate the holidays,” says Dan Smith, president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation. “This Giving Tuesday partnership is a true example of how we are better together, and what can be accomplished when three statewide organizations collaborate to support Vermonters in need.”

Learn more and donate at VPR.org or vermontpbs.org through midnight on Tuesday, November 30.

About the Vermont Foodbank: The Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network more than 300 community partners – food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, after-school programs, schools and hospitals. Food insecurity has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic and the Vermont Foodbank and its network have been on the front lines, working to ensure that everyone has the food they need to maintain their health. Learn more at www.vtfoodbank.org.  

About the Vermont Community Foundation: The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. A family of hundreds of funds and foundations, we provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise that make it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love.

The heart of the Community Foundation’s work is closing the opportunity gap—the divide that leaves too many Vermonters struggling to get ahead, no matter how hard they work. We are aligning our time, energy, and discretionary resources on efforts that provide access to early care and learning, pathways to college and career training, support for youth and families, and community and economic vitality. We envision Vermont at its best—where everyone has the opportunity to build a bright, secure future. Visit vermontcf.org or call 802-388-3355 for more information. For information on our COVID-19 response, visit vtcovid19response.org.

About VPR & Vermont PBS: VPR & Vermont PBS merged in July 2021 to become Vermont’s unified public media organization, serving the community with trusted journalism, quality entertainment, and rich educational programming that is accessible and inclusive to all. Its statewide radio and TV networks reach all of Vermont, as well as parts of New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts and Quebec, Canada. More information about programs, stations and services are available at VPR.org and vermontpbs.org.

Source: Barre, Vt.— VPR 11.29.2021