Covid-19 updates

Vermont Foodbank and Vermont National Guard to provide meals to people facing hunger

On Friday, April 24, they will be at Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport

The Vermont Foodbank and Vermont National Guard will distribute food to those in need at five different areas of Vermont beginning on Wednesday, April 22. These points of distribution will help ease demand on food shelves around that state that have seen a surge in demand.

The National Guard will set up and operate Points of Distribution (PODs) at state airports in Swanton, North Clarendon, Newport, Bennington, and North Springfield on separate days over the next two weeks. Those in need of food can go to these locations on the appointed days and receive a seven-day supply of Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE) for each member of their household.

“The Vermont Foodbank has seen a 30 to 100% increase in the number of people in need of food assistance due to Covid-19. This is straining the capacity of the charitable food system and these points of distribution will help get additional meals to people while taking some pressure off our network of food shelves and meal sites,” Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles said.

Those who are ill, have been advised to quarantine, or lack transportation can send a friend or relative to pick up meals for them. Those picking up food can come to the location nearest to them, open their trunk, and the appropriate amount of food will be loaded by members of the Guard.

Local dates and locations (9 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day):

Friday, April 24, Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, 1002 Airport Road, North Clarendon

Monday, April 27, Hartness State Airport, 15 Airport Road, North Springfield

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