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Empty Shelves: How Vermont Food Pantries Are Coping With Increased Demand

Boxes of food are seen being prepared for distribution in Enosburg Falls, Vt., in this Nov. 18, 2010 file photo. An estimated one-fourth of Vermonters will receive some form of food assistance this year.
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Boxes of food are seen being prepared for distribution in Enosburg Falls, Vt., in this Nov. 18, 2010 file photo. An estimated one-fourth of Vermonters will receive some form of food assistance this year.

Local food shelves across the state have been seeing an increase in demand this fall. John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank, joins Vermont Edition to discuss reasons for this increase in demand and explain how local organizations are dealing with it.  
It's estimated that 25 percent of all Vermonters will get some food assistance this year. 

Vermont Foodbank's network of food shelves has grown to more than 120 local organizations across the state. And from 2009 to 2016, the amount of food it distributes annually doubled from 6 million to 12 million pounds.

Broadcast live on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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