October 22, 2019
Feeding Chittenden sees 30% increase in need

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) As the temperatures start to drop, a local food shelf says their need for donations goes up. Feeding Chittenden says they’ve seen a 30 percent increase in the number of people reaching out for services this past year.

The organization, formerly known as the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, says they see 200-300 people per day. Their clients come for a variety of reasons — to get a warm meal, grocery shop or take part in a culinary class.

Anna McMahon with Feeding Chittenden says recent threats from the federal government to cut services like 3Squares Vermont have made people uneasy.

“I think people are worried. They are not sure how they are going to afford to pay for child care, housing and other expenses. They need programs like Feeding Chittenden to offset that cost,” said McMahon.

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