BURLINGTON - Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says there's been a sharp decrease in food donations through the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and program supporters say it comes at a time of heightened need.

The independent senator and representatives from the Vermont Foodbank and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf are addressing the issue Tuesday.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides food at no cost to low-income Americans in need of short-term hunger relief, through organizations like the Vermont Foodbank.

During fiscal 2012, the Foodbank saw a 50 percent reduction in its allotment of food from that program, amounting to a drop of more than 1 million pounds of food.end of story marke


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