Attendees at the Vermont Foodbank’s annual conference are expected to hear that demand for the services of its anti-hunger programs are up by 15 to 20 percent.
John Sayles is the Foodbank’s executive director. He says that donations of food and money to the Barre-based organization are down.
Sayles says food from federal commodity programs has been reduced significantly.
The result is the Vermont Foodbank is struggling to serve its network of 280 food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, shelters and after-school programs.
Advocates will gather Tuesday at the Sheraton in South Burlington for the Foodbank’s annual hunger conference.