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Meat Day at the Vermont Foodbank–How Four Tons of Meat Gets to Hungry Vermonters

vtfoodbankcarrots-e1427209480720Pallets piled above our heads with boxes of frozen meat faced our team of volunteers at the Vermont Foodbank one rainy morning. We donned gloves, uncapped markers, and got to work sorting the meat. In the next few hours, we experienced some of the hard work it takes to feed the Foodbank’s 153,000 customers. One group of volunteers inspected the meat and marked it with the Foodbank’s initials. Another sorted it according to the type of meat and packed it into Foodbank boxes. A third group sealed, weighed, and labeled the boxes for delivery to one of 270 food shelves and meal sites around Vermont. As we finished one pallet, Foodbank staff rolled in another until, after nearly three hours, we had processed 8,000 lbs of meat–enough for 12,000 meals. Pork chops, ham steaks, burgers, bologna, chicken pot pies, ribs, sausage, and even packaged bacon mac and cheese are among the 800,000 lbs of protein donated to the Vermont Foodbank every year.

BFS sponsors Girls on the Run Vermont 5k race

girlsrunBiggam, Fox & Skinner is proud to announce our sponsorship of the non-profit Girls on the Run Vermont. At Berlin Elementary School in central Vermont, we assisted 15 girls with registration fees for the spring Girls on the Run program. Volunteer coach Charilyn Williams (a paralegal here at BFS), is working with the girls to develop their self-confidence and a healthy lifestyle through a weekly fitness program. We are also a gold sponsor of Girls on the Run Vermont’s 5k race taking place in Essex Junction on June 7. The 5k run is non-competitive and family friendly.

YOU WIN: Automotive Worker Wins Claim for Back Injury

Burlington, VT – Our client, the assistant manager of Sears Automotive, suffered a lower back injury as a result of bending over the hood of a vehicle for several hours. After months of conservative treatment, continued pain, and time off work, our client underwent a lumbar surgery. Although this improved his back condition, he had been out of work for nearly two years from the date of the injury. Sears denied his workers’ compensation claim because, they claimed, his injury had not occurred at work but on the vacation he had taken just days before the incident at work bending over the car.

How to Build a Medical Record to Prove Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

In many cases we’ve seen, a person with multiple work-related injuries will focus first on getting treatment for the body part that hurts the most. They either don’t mention the less severe injuries or don’t pursue treatment until the most prominent injury is taken care of, which can sometimes take years. Unfortunately, this means they often don’t acquire all the medical records they will need for their workers’ compensation case.


Edward Shattuck, St. Johnsbury, VT

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