Beginning in April, 2020, the Vermont National Guard provided support for food relief efforts across the state in conjunction with the Vermont Food Bank.
In response to the humanitarian crisis caused by COVID-19, the Vermont National Guard has been distributing food to thousands of the state’s residents.
Household from Swanton to Bennington and others receive one “Farmers To Family Kit” containing:
- 2 gallon of milk
- 2 boxes of meat (10lbs of grilled chicken filet/strip and 10lbs of breaded chicken tenders/patties)
- 1 box of fresh produce (15-25lbs of assorted vegetables)
- 1 box of Cabot dairy products (4lbs cheddar cheese, 1.5lbs American cheese, 2lbs butter
In addition, each household member received about 20 pounds of non-perishable food.
The full economic impact of the continuing COVID-19 crisis has yet to be calculated. However, according to the Vermont Foodbank, food needs have increased by 62% or more since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic.
In Swanton, more than 1,500 residents waited in line for their food “kits” while elsewhere in the states, thousands more waited in lengthy lines for relief.
To date, more than 250 Vermont National Guard troops have assisted at more than five distribution locations across the state.