Vermont Food Bank meets fundraising goals

In December, the Vermont Food Bank sounded an alarm. More people were turning to its member agencies to keep food on the table as the recession deepened. But fewer people could afford to donate to the Food Bank’s budget.

Midday Newscast: July 29, 2008

Green Mountain Power wants to make it easier to build renewable projects; the U.N. honors a Vermont housing agency; the Vermont Food Bank is going into farming; state Rep. Jim Hutchinson has died.

Interview: Doug O’Brien of the Vermont Foodbank

Vermont Food Bank Executive Director Doug O’Brien says the organization has been seeking an opportunity to grow its own food as part of a long-term strategy for helping stave off hunger in Vermont’s neediest communities. O’Brien speaks with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb about the purchase of the Kingsbury Farm.

Morning Newscast: April 21, 2008

Here are the top stories at 7:30 a.m.: Vermont lawmakers appear skeptical about Gov. Jim Douglas’ economic stimulus package — doubtful about its details and doubtful they can enact his ideas in the last couple of weeks of the legislative session; A fledgling high-speed Internet network comprised of 25-towns has been rejected for funding by the Vermont Telecommunications Authority…

Program helps bring produce to Vermont Foodbank

Every farm has crops that it either can’t harvest or can’t sell, and the food then goes to waste. But a Lamoille County woman found a way to save the fresh food and distribute it to local food shelves. Now, as VPR’s Amy Noyes reports, the Vermont Foodbank plans to take the idea statewide.