Vermont Foodbank Welcomes New Board Member Elizabeth Ruffa

For Immediate Release September 26th, 2017

Contact: Nicole Whalen, Vermont Foodbank 802-505-0123


Barre, VT – Sept. 26, 2017 – Yesterday the Vermont Foodbank’s Board of Directors unanimously voted in Liz Ruffa as a new member, to serve a three year term.

A resident of East Dorset, Vermont, Liz Ruffa has dedicated her career to building networks that support community and economic development. She is the Executive Director of Northshire Grows Inc., a food systems network that connects Bennington County farms and food businesses with their communities. Northshire Grows focuses on farm viability issues, market channel development, and Farm to School programming. Northshire Grows aims to improve access to and build community around local food and to build up the region’s food economy.

Liz also partners with Common Good Vermont on special projects for the mission-driven, non-profit sector, that have included regional capacity building, impact investing research, and advocacy initiatives. She serves on the Town of Dorset’s Select Board, the VT Farm to Plate Network’s Steering Committee, and is the Commissioner of Local Food and Agriculture at the Bennington County Regional Commission.

“The Vermont Foodbank is fortunate indeed to welcome Liz to our Board of Directors,” says Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles. “With her focus on food systems and work improving access to local foods in southwestern Vermont, she will bring a valuable perspective to our team. Liz’s vibrant voice and strategic thinking will help us to better achieve our mission that no one in Vermont will go hungry. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Vermont Foodbank’s board!”

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About the Vermont Foodbank

Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. In FY2016, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 12 million pounds of food to 153,100 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. Learn more at www.vtfoodbank.org.