We Reached 100,000 Pounds Gleaned!
Community Harvest of Central Vermont has had another incredible year of gleaning and has now gleaned over 107,900 pounds or 323,700 servings of food since we started in 2014.
In 2017, we were able to donate more than any season yet, 37,524 pounds in all. We gleaned 24,477 from local farms and we received another 13,047 generously from the Willing Hands program of the Upper Valley. We also continued to increase the amount of meat and dairy we recovered – just over 1,500 pounds of meat, eggs, and dairy in addition to fruits and vegetables. All of the gleaned food was donated to 17 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.
We’d like to send a special thanks for the generosity of so many local farmers! Thanks in particular to Rogers Farmstead for not only donating milk and yogurt, but also generously providing a home for our cooler building again in 2017. We would also like to thank Dog River Farm for their 4th season in a row being our largest farm contributor and the other 34 farms and growers that CHCV partnered with in 2017 and for the thousands of pounds of wonderful food they all donated. See full list of 2017 contributing farms Here.
Partnering with all these great farms is only the first step – once we hear that crops are available, we need help getting the food. 230 community volunteers throughout the season volunteered to harvest, sort, clean, weigh, track, and deliver produce. They also help with administrative tasks, and much more.
“I am a CHCV volunteer and love seeing the faces of emergency food pantry customers light up when they greet the arrival of boxes of colorful fresh produce grown by area farmers.” - Mary Carlson, CHCV volunteer
“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
And thanks to all of you who supported our gleaning efforts with your financial and in-kind support. CHCV raised over $26,000 in donations from foundations, businesses, and individuals.
"Many of the families we serve deal with perennial food insecurity issues, so to be able to provide (& introduce) the kids to a wide variety of healthful foods is priceless. I love seeing the looks on their faces as they discover that carrots can be purple or yellow, or that squash can pull apart like spaghetti, or that making applesauce from fresh apples is not only fun to do but the most delicious applesauce they've ever had!” - Elyse Gluck, Family Center of Washington County
A special thanks to Sullivan Powers & Company and Community Bank N.A., the first to join the business sponsorship program we started this year. We hope they are just the beginning, and we will be looking for even more business sponsors in 2018.
Looking Ahead to 2018!
We look forward to our 5th season of gleaning and working as a community to feed even more of our neighbors as we expand and strengthen CHCV in 2018.
To do that we will need your continued help and support.
Please consider making a donation now.
In February please vote for CHCV as one of five Vermont State Employees Credit Union We Care 2 program finalists. All VSECU account holders get to vote for one of the five. Members votes will determine the percent each organization will receive of the $23,000 that VSECU is giving away. Please cast your vote for CHCV!
Keep and eye out for some exciting announcements over the next few months, our 5th season looks like it will be an exciting one.