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Going Hungry In Vermont

11/19/12 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm
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One out of every seven people across America receives food stamps. And that number is rising every month. In Vermont, over 37,000 households receive food assistance money, although nearly a third of the people who qualify for the program do not sign up.

Have food stamps or food shelves helped your family get by in tough times? Today we'll hear YOUR stories about the challenges of going hungry in Vermont. Do you make choices between paying for heating or for food? Tell your story, below.

Also today, Gilbert and Peggy Newbury live in Fairfield, and together with their two young sons, they rode across the country on a four person tandem bike they call "the quad".

The Newburys rode the bike across the country for four months, from Massachusetts to Oregon, and the story is told by Gil Newbury in the book, "Pedal to the Sea." The trip was actually taken 10 years ago, but Newbury says it took a decade to fully appreciate what his family learned while pedaling together.

Their sons, Anders and Eric, were only 9 and 7 years old at the time, and neither Peggy nor Gil considered themselves endurance cyclists. But they did have a clear purpose in mind. They spoke with Vermont Edition about their adventure.

 

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