Food Stamp Participation Reaches All-Time High in Vermont During Holiday SeasonBurlington, VT, December 2, 2008 – While many in Vermont were savoring Thanksgiving treats last week, others were signing up for food assistance; 60,062 Vermonters, almost 1 in 10, now participate in the Food Stamp Program according to data released by the Department for Children and Families. This number is up by over 1,500 in just one month, up 7,000 since this time last year, and represents a record high for Vermont.According to Angela Smith-Dieng, Food Stamp Outreach & Policy Specialist at the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, “The upsurge in participation may be in part due to policy changes that took effect on October 1st. However, given the downturn in the economy coupled with high food and fuel costs, the increase may have more to do with increased need. With hunger on the rise across Vermont, increased participation indicates that more Vermonters are taking advantage of this critical nutrition assistance.”Food stamps are a USDA entitlement program designed to respond quickly to increased need. For a household that is struggling financially, infusing food dollars into their budget frees up money for other expenses. At the same time, by participating in the program they are more likely to be in good health and succeed in school and at work. Thanks to changes made to the program by the Agency of Human Services, thousands more Vermonters will be eligible for these benefits as of January 1, 2009.Smith-Dieng says: “We’re glad that more Vermonters are receiving the food benefits they are entitled to. Nevertheless, 1 in 3 Vermonters are eligible but not participating – we are working hard to spread the word about the expanding program. We invite every Vermonter to spread the word about this program to neighbors who might be struggling: through school and congregation newsletters, local senior centers, town clerks offices, and health clinics.”More information and materials about the Food Stamp Program is available at www.vermontfoodhelp.com(link is external).The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger is a statewide nonprofit organization that combats hunger through advocacy, education, and technical assistance. Since 1993, VTCECH has been providing communities with the tools to create and sustain local programs that feed children in need. Information on VTCECH, hunger in Vermont and federal nutrition programs is available at www.vtnohunger.org(link is external).###
LaVerne M. Sauerland, age 90, of West Harrison, Indiana died Monday, August 20, 2018 at the Waters of Batesville in Batesville, Indiana.Born November 6, 1927 in Franklin County, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Leo J. & Alvina K. (Pulskamp) Tebbe. On November 20, 1948 she was united in marriage to Paul F. Sauerland, and he preceded her in death on March 4, 2003.A homemaker, she had also served as bookkeeper for the family trucking business, PFS Trucking, for many years. She was a member of Holy Guardian Angels Church in Cedar Grove. In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening and yardwork, and cherished time spent with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren.Survivors include a daughter & son-in-law, Donna (Jack) Ketcham of Logan, Indiana; three sons & daughters-in-law, Steven & Michele Sauerland & Michael & Sherry Sauerland all of West Harrison, Indiana, and Anthony & Patti Sauerland of Batesville, Indiana; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; two sisters, Pat Deaton of Vevay, Indiana and Lee Propes of Aurora, Indiana; three half-brothers, Keith Tebbe of Brookville, Indiana, Glen Tebbe of Greensburg, Indiana and Merle Tebbe of Indianapolis, Indiana.In addition to her parents and husband, Paul, she was preceded in death by a daughter & son-in-law, Victoria & Ronald Beck; two brothers, Melvin Tebbe and Virgil Tebbe, a grandson, and a great-grandson.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Holy Guardian Angels Chapel, 405 US Highway 52, Cedar Grove, Indiana.Rev. Vincent Lampert will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Holy Guardian Angels Chapel in Cedar Grove. Burial will follow in Holy Guardian Angels Cemetery in Cedar Grove.Memorial contributions may be directed to EWTN Broadcasting Network or a Charity of the donors choice. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sauerland family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .