Our best gleaning year yet!
As we tally the numbers from our third season, Community Harvest of Central Vermont has now gleaned over 87,000 pounds or 261,000 servings of produce. In 2016, we set a new record recovering over 34,000 pounds of food during the season. We recovered 400 pounds of meat and yogurt in addition to fruits and vegetables, all of which was donated to 15 recipient sites that serve those in need in our community.
None of this would have been possible without you and all those in the community who partnered with us and supported our work this year.
First a special thanks to the 60+ volunteers and 18 businesses that donated time, skills, and materials to make our cooler building project a great success. We’d especially like to thank Neil Husher from VT Architects Collaborative for his leadership and Rogers Farmstead for giving the cooler a place to call home.
But there was more – we worked with a total 280 community volunteers throughout the season to harvest, clean, and deliver produce and complete administrative tasks, along with those that helped with the cooler.
“Volunteering for Community Harvest makes me feel good about myself, Vermont and our community. … I am proud to know that my efforts help feed our seniors and others less fortunate. …This organization is a symbol of why I moved to and love living in Vermont” - Suzanne Mancinelli, CHCV volunteer
Thanks to 27 farms that shared their harvest and partnered with us to help everyone eat local.
“Allison is very easy to work with and very professional. ...CHCV is a great resource for Central Vermont farms that might otherwise compost or dispose of perfectly good food that isn't economically viable to harvest." Nate Lewis, Owner, Moonlight Farm
And thanks to all of you who supported our gleaning and cooler building efforts with your financial and in-kind support. CHCV raised over $22,000 in donations and $13,000 in-kind from foundations, businesses, and individuals.
"We are so grateful for all the fabulous goodies we received each Monday from CHCV. It’s like Christmas every Monday morning… This is such a generous program and has greatly improved our meals.” Nancy Emory, Mad River Valley Senior Center
We have had another fantastically inspiring and fruitful year and we look forward to doing it again in 2017 (less building a cooler) and work to feed even more of our neighbors as we bring on new farm and recipient partners and get more volunteers involved.
How you can help in 2017!
Yet again we will need your help and financial support to prepare for and make our fourth season just as successful as 2016 was.
Please consider making a donation now.
Join the National Life Group Foundation, the Harris and Frances Block Foundation, and other partners and individuals who have already donated and gotten our 2017 fundraising off to a great start, with over $10,600 already raised.