Students contribute to Willing Hands
Swipes for Hunger, a campaign encouraging Dartmouth students to donate unused meal-card balances to Willing Hands, raised $4,350 during the winter-term fund drive. In the last 12 months Dartmouth students have contributed almost $8,600 to Willing Hands through meal-plan donations.
"We will use these funds to purchase a wide variety of fresh produce for Upper Valley community members in need during the next three months, when our donated produce supply is at its lowest point," said Gabe Zoeheide, executive director of Willing Hands.
Willing Hands recovers and gleans food to reduce waste, improve health, and provide reliable access to nutritious food for Upper Valley residents facing hunger.
“This event is a nice reminder for students that knowing where your next meal is coming from is a luxury. The fact is that over 10 percent of Upper Valley residents suffer from food insecurity, and in Vermont nearly 1 in 5 children face hunger each year, ” said Daniel Sidder, Program Coordinator at the Dartmouth Center for Service
In related news, the Vermont Foodbank just released its 2016 annual report. The organization helped provided 12 million pounds of food to 153,000 hungry Vermonters.
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