SO BURLINGTON, VT (March 19, 2012) – Inspired by the need to help feed fellow Vermonters, a group of Northfield Savings Bank employees created the “Feast Against Famine” event; it has become the largest annual fundraiser for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. The event is run entirely by the volunteers so that none of the Food Shelf staff needs to take time away from their daily work.

Last Friday’s sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day themed event raised more than $36,000.  Since 2006, the event has raised more than $178,000 which supports programs including Community Kitchen job skills training, Hot Meals, Grocery Distribution, Homebound Grocery Delivery and Project Angel Food.  The event included live Irish music, a corned beef and cabbage dinner, and a silent auction including more than 100 items donated by Vermont businesses.

“Demand for emergency food assistance has increased 6% over last year,” emphasized Rob Meehan, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf Director.  “At the same time, donations have decreased 6%. It’s the perfect storm, and we have a huge challenge ahead with many people to feed.”

The organizing committee for the fund raiser is comprised entirely of volunteers and 100% of the funds raised go directly to the Food Shelf.

“About six years ago I was talking to some coworkers about how we could help,” said Kathy LaCross, Branch Administrator for Northfield Savings Bank.  “We came up with this idea and the event keeps growing every year.  Our staff pours their heart and soul into making sure it’s a success and they are so compassionate about helping others in need.”

The event was sold out well in advance, but contributions are still welcome.  Contact the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf at 658-7939, or donate online at


Tom Messner emceed the 2012 “Feast Against Famine” event created by Northfield Savings Bank employees in 2006 to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. (left to right - Front: Tom Messner, Scott Delaire. Middle: Kathy LaCross, Mary Gleason, Karen Cox, Kathy Davis, Wendy Kellett, Tracy Davis. Rear: Erik Wheeler, Tom Pelletier, Jenna Long, Paul Watson, Rob Meehan.) Photo courtesy of Joel Dubé