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Hunger Worsens In Vermont

11/23/09 12:00PM By Steve Zind
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Vermont Foodbank production coordinator Rob Hutchinson moves food boxed for eventual distribution at the Vermont Foodbank's warehouse in South Barre, VT.
Hunger in the U.S. is at its highest level since 1995.  And according to a new USDA report, 12% of Vermont households struggle with hunger.  The Vermont Foodbank estimates the number is probably even higher because of worsening economic conditions, and area foodshelves back that up.  They say they're seeing higher and higher demand.  We look into why the issue of hunger is so persistent, and whether or not it's a problem that's ever solvable.  Our guests include John Sayles, the CEO of the Vermont Foodbank, and Marissa Parisi, the Executive Director of the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.

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Also, 100 years ago Vermont acquired its first state forest land in Plainfield.  We talk with the state's Director of Forests, Steve Sinclair, about Vermont's lasting legacy of state forest land.

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hunger john_sayles marissa_parisi vermont_foodbank vermont_campaign_to_end_childhood_hunger steve_sinclair state_forests politics

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Vermont Foodbank Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger
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