The Vermont Foodbank in Barre is increasingly depending on corporate and other donations to make ends meet.
Tuesday, food bank officials and local car dealer Twin City Subaru announced a $17,000 gift in their year-end "Share the Love" event. It's this kind of corporate donation that food bank officials say is filling a gap in federal spending.
"We rely on generosity both corporate and individual. And every year we're basically starting at scratch and need to raise the money to keep this operation going and keep the food flowing," said John Sayles of the Vermont Foodbank. "We need to keep talking to our representatives in Washington and we need to keep doing more at home because it's not coming from D.C. like it used to."
"Subaru has done this for years with national charities, which is wonderful, but it's really nice-- we've asked for years, how do we keep more of this money local here in Vermont and this is the first year they've agreed to do this," said Dave Birmingham of Twin City Subaru.
Tuesday's $17,000 donation is expected to translate into roughly 51,000 meals to Vermonters in need.