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OEO’s Shining a Light on Poverty Series Continues on June 26 with Marissa Parisi

Posted June 18, 2014

In honor of 50 years of community action in Vermont, the Office of Economic Opportunity is hosting a series of one-hour discussions on poverty every month in 2014.  The sixth of these discussions will feature Marissa Parisi, Executive Director, Hunger Free Vermont, and will take place on Thursday, June 26 from 10am to 11am.

Reserve your Webinar seat now here.  Space is limited!  More about the event from OEO:

Topic: Ending the Injustice of Hunger and Malnutrition in Vermont with Marissa Parisi of Hunger Free Vermont 

Description: Do you believe we can end hunger in Vermont and in our country?  The mission of Hunger Free Vermont is to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters.  Hunger Free Vermont has a plan to end hunger in our lifetimes by addressing the root causes of the problem.  Join Marissa Parisi, Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont to learn about their work and how they have helped Vermont lead the way in ending hunger in the US.  In particular, she will explain why Hunger Free Vermont is working towards creating a universal meals model in all of Vermont’s schools as a key strategy to end childhood hunger.

Marissa is the Executive Director of Hunger Free Vermont, a national leader on outreach, advocacy, and education on ending hunger and malnutrition.  Since joining the organization in 2009, Marissa has grown Hunger Free Vermont to include outreach on senior nutrition, increased nutrition education programming, and expansion of the Hunger Councils to five counties in Vermont.  She has a Master of Science Degree in Human Services from Springfield College and recently completed the Senior Leaders Program at Columbia Business School.  She is a member of the Governor’s Council on Pathways From Poverty, chair of the Vermont Women’s Fund Council, and on the Corporator Board at Northfield Savings Bank.

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Register Now for 2014 3SquaresVT Outreach & Policy Conference

Posted April 3, 2014

3SquaresVT, the largest federal nutrition program, provides benefits to 93,000 Vermonters.  On Thursday, May 29, 2014 a 3SquaresVT Outreach and Policy Conference will take place at the Red Schoolhouse at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. This conference will offer an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of 3SquaresVT participation processes from the DCF food and nutrition team, learn about recent and upcoming federal and state policy changes, enhance outreach skills with media and messaging, network with colleagues from across the state, and participate in focused discussions with seasoned advocates.

Register online now!

A broad range of organizations and people are invited to attend including those from community action agencies, agencies on aging, food shelves, community meal sites, schools, health clinics and hospitals, shelters, veterans organizations, housing authorities, child care centers and more.

Agenda at a Glance

8:30 – 9:00        Registration & Refreshments
9:00 – 9:30        Welcome with Hunger Free Vermont and DCF
9:30 – 10:45      Workshop Session I (choose one to attend)

  1. 3SquaresVT participation process – with DCF
  2. Expand your outreach toolkit: Tips & tools to spread the word about 3SquaresVT with free earned media and social media
  3. Make the most of benefits: Important income considerations and deductions for families with children

10:45 – 11:00     Break
11:00 – 12:15     Workshop Session II (choose one to attend)

  1. 3SquaresVT participation process – with DCF (repeat)
  2. Breaking down barriers: How to address stigma and bust negative myths about 3SquaresVT
  3. Make the Most of Your Benefits: The medical expense deduction for seniors and people with disabilities

12:15 – 1:00    Lunch & Networking (lunch provided)
1:00 – 2:00      Outreach & Application Assistance Round Tables
2:00 – 2:15      Sharing Insights For Our Work
2:15 – 3:00      Q&A with DCF Experts
3:00 – 3:15      Closing: Thank You & Evaluation

The conference day is being coordinated by Hunger Free Vermont in collaboration with the Department for Children and Families and the statewide 3SquaresVT Work Group.

Conference Fee: There is a $10 non-refundable fee to attend, which includes a light breakfast and lunch. If you have any difficulties registering or the fee is a hardship, contact Hunger Free Vermont at 802-865-0255.

Questions about registration or the agenda?  Contact Angela or Faye at Hunger Free Vermont at and

Space is limited, so register today to guarantee your spot!