Engelberth Construction employees have pledged $15,000 to the Vermont Foodbank as part of their 2022 charitable campaign. On Tuesday, February 8, a check was presented to Vermont Foodbank Special Assistant to the CEO, Hillary Orsini.
“Engelberth is proud to announce that our employees have pledged $15,000 to be donated to Vermont Foodbank. We are committed to partnering with Vermont Foodbank to help provide food security for those struggling in our communities across Vermont,” commented Pierre LeBlanc, Engelberth Construction CEO and President.
Engelberth has a long history of helping the communities in which its employees live and work. From payroll deductions, special events, and community volunteering, our employees are committed to giving back to their neighbors.
“Since March of 2020, 31% of people in Vermont have experienced food insecurity – that means that one in three of our neighbors do not have enough food. The pandemic has shown us how critical it is that we work together to support our neighbors,” offered John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank. “The Vermont Foodbank could not do this work without the generosity of community-minded organizations like Engelberth and their employees. Partnerships like this help to ensure that all people in Vermont have what they need to thrive,” continued Sayles.
The Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization. Escalating uncertainty due to the COVID pandemic, increased food prices, and volatile supply chains has led to a heightened level of operations for the Foodbank. Some of the Foodbank highlights in 2021 included distribution of 17.6 million pounds of food to communities across Vermont (over 50% more than pre-pandemic times). Of that, a record 4.8 million pounds was fresh fruits and vegetables, and a full 61% of the food distributed was fresh food. They worked with more than 160 Vermont farms to gather and share more than 1.5 million pounds of local food, funded 386 community grants totaling more than $1.5M to food shelves, meal sites and community partner organizations, and hosted 438 drive-thru food box distributions in all 14 counties of Vermont in the first 16 months of the pandemic.