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COVID-19 Support Hunger Free Vermont

Hunger Free Vermont is working diligently to ensure all Vermonters have access to the resources they need to stay healthy and nourished during this challenging time. We are preparing informational materials, collaborating with our state agencies and Vermont’s congressional delegation, and connecting with communities across Vermont to make certain we’re all prepared to mitigate the impacts of coronavirus on the food security of Vermonters, particularly older adults, working Vermonters who may lose hours and paychecks, those without access to paid leave, and families and students who will be disproportionately impacted by school closings.

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COVID-19 Support Feeding Chittenden

Feeding Chittenden is committed to providing food assistance and resources to the nearly 12,000 people they serve annually and those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. They have made changes to meal and grocery distribution in order to reduce contact and ensure the implementation of infection control and prevention procedures. Feeding Chittenden’s goal is to maintain the health and safety of recipients, volunteers, partners, and staff.

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COVID-19 Support COVID-19 Institutional Matchmaking: food, distribution, storage, labor

Food Institutions New England (FINE) has created a matchmaking spreadsheet designed to match up needs and surplus in the New England institutional food system. They welcome anyone to add, view or contact others on the list directly.

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COVID-19 Support NOFA-VT Farm Distribution Matchmaking Tool

Use this sheet to indicate whether you are looking for or able to offer distribution assistance (shared delivery via existing routes, shared drop-spots, etc.).

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COVID-19 Support Temporary WIC Expanded foods list (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder to find some items in the grocery store, including some WIC foods. To help families during this time, Vermont WIC is temporarily expanding WIC-approved foods in categories located when clicking on the "Get Resource" button.

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COVID-19 Support FoodFinder

FoodFinder is a safe, secure and award-winning mobile and web app that gives food insecure children and their families a way to find free food assistance programs quickly.

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COVID-19 Support Food Access and Security During Coronavirus: A Vermont Study General Overview Brief

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected people across the globe, disrupting food access and security. To understand how food systems and security are impacted, an online survey was launched for two weeks in Vermont beginning March 29th (less than a week after the order to “Stay home, stay safe”) through Front Porch Forum, social media ads, media coverage, and community partners. A total of 3,251 Vermonters responded. This brief provides a summary of their responses, including reported food security, perceived impacts, concerns related to food access, and food behaviors. For detailed information on the respondents experiencing food insecurity or who experienced a job disruption, please see the separate briefs dedicated to those topics.

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COVID-19 Support The Impact of Coronavirus on Vermonters Experiencing Food Insecurity

This brief is part of a three-part series highlighting the results from an online survey launched in Vermont on March 29th (less than a week after the order to “Stay home, stay safe”) through Front Porch Forum, social media ads, media coverage, and community partners. The survey was open for two weeks and received a total of 3,251 responses. This brief provides a summary of results from respondents experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity was measured using the USDA’s validated six-item household food security survey module. Respondents were classified as food insecure if their answers indicated they experienced low or very low food security either in the 12 months before the coronavirus outbreak (n=541) and/or since the coronavirus outbreak (n=705). Excluding the overlap in these categories, a total of 817 respondents (27.1% of all respondents) experienced food insecurity sometime in the last 12 months. For detailed information on the full results from all respondents or from those who experienced a job disruption, please see the separate briefs dedicated to those topics. Additional analyses are ongoing and future articles will explore these topics in greater detail.

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COVID-19 Support Employment and Food During Coronavirus

Between March 15th and April 11th, more than 78,000 Vermonters filed unemployment claims, with a projected unemployment rate of 22.9%. This brief includes the experiences and perspectives of food and coronavirus specifically for Vermonters who have been furloughed, had a loss of hours or income, or lost their job. This brief is part of a three-part series highlighting the results from an online survey launched in Vermont on March 29th (less than a week after the order to “Stay home, stay safe”) through Front Porch Forum, social media ads, media coverage, and community partners. The survey was open for two weeks and received a total of 3,251 responses.

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Food Access Self Assessment

The Food Access Cross Cutting Team’s Food Justice Committee has created this tool for individuals, communities, businesses and organizations to explore how their activities support improving food access. There are many approaches to addressing the problems of hunger and food insecurity, including hunger awareness, hunger relief, food justice, right to food, and food sovereignty. We believe these are complementary; a variety of approaches are necessary and we are not trying to imply that every organization should try to ‘do it all’. At the same time, we believe that organizations focusing on a single approach are likely to increase their effectiveness by considering additional approaches, or partnering with organizations that use other approaches. This tool is meant to serve as a way for individuals, communities, businesses and organizations in Vermont to: • Celebrate, support and appreciate the work that is being done to offer equal access to nutritious, culturally appropriate food for all. • Appreciate the variety of roles necessary to create and sustain a healthy, equitable food system. • Explore different ways to promote food access throughout the food system and explore new ways of intervening in the system. • Understand the breadth of approaches into improving food access in Vermont’s food system. • Identify areas…

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