Community Rallies Together to Support Vulnerable Neighbors Impacted by Wind Storm

02 November 2017

Community Rallies Together to Support Vulnerable Neighbors Impacted by Wind Storm


Press Release

Contact: Yvonne Lory,

Community Rallies Together to Support Vulnerable Neighbors Impacted by Wind Storm

Barre, VT - Capstone Community Action announced today the launch of OPERATION RESTOCK, in partnership with the Vermont Foodbank and Mayor Thom and Karen Lauzon, to help provide emergency food assistance to households impacted by last weekend’s wind storm.

The storm and the subsequent power outages have put many community members already struggling to put food on the table in an extremely difficult situation. As a result, many Vermonters are choosing between replacing the contents of their refrigerator or putting gas in their car or fuel in their home. Or even worse, these families are going without.

“For many Vermonters, the power outages have spoiled the food in their refrigerators and freezers, creating a serious challenge to families’ expenses,” said Governor Scott in a statement. “I want to thank Thom and Karen Lauzon, Capstone Community Action and the Vermont Foodbank for their partnership on OPERATION RESTOCK and applaud their quick response to organize this effort.”

Erica Bornemann, Vermont Emergency Management Director, also joined the announcement today, stating, “There are many hazards in the home during extended power outages like carbon monoxide and fires. Spoiled food is one of the most common. Don’t take any chances with your health, this resource makes the decision easy: throw out perishables from your refrigerator and freezer.”

Through Capstone Community Action’s food shelf in Barre, the largest food shelf in central Vermont, those who have lost food as a result of power outages from the storm, can restock their refrigerators. The Vermont Foodbank is donating 12,000 lbs. to the effort.

“Once the power outage was on day two, I knew this was going to have a real impact on those most vulnerable in our city,” commented Barre Mayor, Thom Lauzon. “I knew we needed to do something to help. So, like in years past when other crises hit, I reached out to Capstone Community Action. Together, with the Vermont Foodbank we put this effort together and now look to the community to support their neighbors.”

“I thank Mayor Lauzon for his initiative in conceiving this effort,” remarked Dan Hoxworth, Executive Director of Capstone Community Action. “This is what we do at Community Action, respond to individuals and families in crisis and work to stabilize their lives. As always, our dedicated staff and partners, like the Vermont Foodbank, rally to respond. Now we need our community to step forward and they can do that at”

Capstone Community Action’s food shelf at 20 Gable Place in Barre, will host special “restock” hours this Friday and Monday from 5-7pm. If you’re in need, but can’t make those times, please call 802-479-1053.

“What may seem like a small thing – losing your refrigerator’s contents to a loss of power – can throw many families’ budget out of balance,” says Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles. “The Vermont Foodbank is pleased to partner with the community in restocking the fridge to take a little of the pressure off the family budget. We need to look out for our neighbors.”


“We can all play a part in helping our neighbors in their time of need, added Governor Scott. “If further information is needed on how you can help central Vermont communities go to the website”

Community members can support this effort by making a donation at, or sending a gift to Capstone Community Action, attn.: Operation Restock, 20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641.

Capstone Community Action was founded in 1965 and works to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to create economic opportunity for people and communities. Capstone’s programs include emergency food, heat and utility assistance, housing counseling and homelessness intervention, transportation assistance, workforce development, savings and credit coaching, micro-business development, home weatherization, and child and family development programs in Early Head Start/Head Start. We serve over 15,000 people through these programs each year.








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Washington County

20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641
1-800-639-1053 or (802) 479-1053

Lamoille County

250 Industrial Park, Morristown, VT 05661 1-800-639-8710 or
(802) 888-7993

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1-800-846-9506 or (802) 728-9506

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