Vermont Foodbank launches “Nothing Can End Hunger” campaign in Vermont

first_imgThe Vermont Foodbank is asking the community to ‘do nothing’ about ending hunger through an innovative initiative that highlights the despair of having nothing to eat with the launch of the ‘Nothing Can End Hunger’ campaign.Beginning today through September 30, Vermont residents will have the opportunity to purchase cans of ‘nothing’ ‘ empty cans with slots for collections ‘ at all participating Hannaford locations throughout Vermont for $2.99 each. All proceeds collected will go directly to support the Vermont Foodbank.Governor Peter Shumlin joined representatives from the Vermont Foodbank and campaign underwriters Citizens Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets at the Hannaford store in South Burlington today to launch the initiative.‘I appreciate the commitment of these businesses to lead Vermont’s fight against hunger in our state through the ‘Nothing Can End Hunger’ campaign,’ said Gov. Shumlin. ‘Coming off the national recession, the demand for food assistance here at home and across the country is huge. No one should go hungry. I am confident we can raise at least $40,000 to enable the Vermont Foodbank to ensure every Vermonter has access to nutritious meals.’Vermont is the ninth hungriest state in the country with 14 percent of all households experiencing food insecurity. Proceeds from the sale of each ‘nothing’ can will help provide 18 nourishing meals for a local family in need.‘The charitable food system is feeding more Vermonters than ever before. Cuts to the federal nutrition safety net, high unemployment and food and housing costs mean more Vermont residents are making a choice between food and other necessities,’ said John Sayles, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Foodbank. ‘At the Vermont Foodbank, we turn nothing into a commodity to help the hungry year round. We commend Citizens Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets for partnering with us on this campaign to end hunger within our communities.’The ‘Nothing Can End Hunger’ campaign is supported and underwritten by Citizens Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets.‘The idea that nothing can end hunger in Vermont reflects the depth and intensity of the problem. At Hannaford, we are deeply committed to helping reduce hunger throughout the communities in which we serve and operate,’ said Hannaford Supermarkets Vermont District Manager Andy Willette. ‘We encourage our shoppers to do a little bit of nothing to assist the Vermont Foodbank. It is more important now than ever to lend our support to the organizations who share in our mission to combat hunger.’”Investing in our community is a core value at Citizens. When we learned about this campaign, we immediately thought it was an innovative and exciting way to approach hunger awareness and we wanted to be a part of it,” said Joe Carelli, President, Citizens Bank, Vermont. ‘Regardless of your ability to give – whether it’s a financial gift, donating your time to volunteer, or helping to promote awareness – any and all support makes a difference. I am proud to say we can all do something about nothing.”‘Nothing Can’ purchasers are also invited to use the empty can to collect donations from friends, colleagues and associates for the Vermont Foodbank. Filled cans can be returned at any participating Hannaford location. Hannaford Supermarkets will match all additional donations received through the return process.The Vermont Foodbank also accepts donations online at www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external). A $25 donation to the Vermont Foodbank will help provide a family of four with groceries for nearly two weeks.About the Vermont FoodbankThe Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2010, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 7.6 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. To learn more about hunger in your community and to take action against hunger and poverty in Vermont, visit us on the web at www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external)About Citizens BankCitizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 24 branches and 46 ATMs in Vermont. RBS Citizens, N.A. is a subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $132 billion commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, R.I. CFG’s two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s website is citizensbank.com. About Hannaford SupermarketsHannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 178 stores and employs 27,000 associates in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. Most Hannaford locations have full-service pharmacies and all stores feature Guiding Stars, the nation’s first storewide nutrition navigation system. For more information, visit the all-new www.hannaford.com(link is external).last_img read more

Bulldogs Outdo Knights

first_imgSouth Dearborn had no answer for Jacob Wilson who kept runners off the basepaths in his appearance. Wilson gave up just two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out three during his five innings of work.Alex Roell went 1-2 as the Batesville Bulldogs took home a 2-0 victory over South Dearborn in seven innings at Liberty on Thursday.He doubled in the fifth inning for the eventual game-winning RBI, which followed Alex McPherson’s sacrifice bunt with two strikes.South Dearborn’s Smith ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted six innings, walked none, struck out seven, and allowed two runs.The Batesville Bulldogs never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring two runs on an RBI double by Alex Roell and an RBI single by Quinn Werner.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

Greece superstar Antetokoumpo: ”I want to be with my team at the World Cup in China”

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo has firmly declared that his aim is to represent Greece at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China this summer.The 24-year-old superstar, who last played for the Greek national team at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turin, spoke on Monday night after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-94 triumph over the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. “I want to play,” Antetokounmpo said in a video posted on Greek website SDNA, when asked about the World Cup. “I want to be with my team in China at the World Cup, and I hope to be healthy at the end of the season so I’m able to represent my country at this event that’s so important.” Despite playing on the road, Antetokounmpo felt right at home in Brooklyn with many fans from the Greek community in New York showing up to support him.”They’re amazing,” he said of the fans. “I would like to thank everyone who came here today. They have been supporting me since day 1. They support the Bucks, they support my family.”It’s an incredible feeling to come here (Barclays Center) and to see so many Greek flags. They haven’t stopped coming to watch my games since I’m in the league and they just grow in numbers. I am very proud of that.”  #GreekFreak 🇬🇷 x #FIBAWC 🇨🇳. #ThisIsMyHouse🎙 @Giannis_An34@HellenicBF📖 https://t.co/J8Z4dg6Jd4 pic.twitter.com/oEITFZBuLG— Basketball World Cup (@FIBAWC) February 6, 2019Antetokounmpo’s play has been winning over more and more supporters. He is averaging 26.7 points 12.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game for the Bucks, who own the NBA’s best record with 39 wins and only 13 defeats. It’s no surprise then that he is a leading candidate to capture the NBA’s MVP award this season. Antetokounmpo has already got one World Cup experience under his belt. When he was just bursting onto the scene in 2014, Antetokounmpo represented Greece at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. He then played at FIBA EuroBasket 2015, and the following year at the OQT in Italy.Without Antetokounmpo, Greece were still able to clinch a spot in this year’s 32-team tournament by the end of the fourth window. They did so with a thrilling, last-second 86-85 triumph at Georgia on September 16.  The Greeks, 9-1 and looking to lock up a top seed in the World Cup draw, wrap up their European Qualifiers campaign when they host Georgia on February 21 and then play at Germany on February 24.last_img read more