Hunger Free Vermont

Marisssa Parisi
Hunger Free Vermont

Hunger Free Vermont is a statewide group that has worked since 1993 to end hunger and increase access to nutritious food.  For the past nine years it has been led by Marissa Parisi, who expanded its scope statewide and broadened its focus from childhood hunger to all ages.  Parisi will leave her current position in December to helm RiseVT.  She is excited about the new challenge.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its 2016 Household Food Security report.  It finds about 12.3 percent of American households were food insecure at some point during 2016, down from 12.7 percent in 2015.  The report indicates Vermont and New York followed that national trend.

Prosecutors say the former finance director for a nonprofit group dedicated to ending hunger in Vermont has pleaded guilty to embezzling about $165,000 from the organization.

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Hunger Free Vermont

Hunger Free Vermont is one of the state’s largest hunger outreach organizations, working with state agencies, schools  and community groups. This week, the non-profit revealed that a bookkeeper has been fired and is being investigated for embezzling from the organization over a 10-year period. The amount of the theft, discovered by the organization’s bank, is expected to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  As the police and FBI investigate, Hunger Free Vermont decided to let the public know about its plight. Executive Director Marissa Parisi tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley the situation is heartbreaking.

Officials say money has been embezzled for years from a group dedicated to ending hunger in Vermont.

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This is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Hunger-Free Vermont has challenged Vermonters to eat this week, nutritiously, on a food stamp budget.  Among those who accepted is the mayor of Burlington and his family.