Who We Are
We are a group of Central Vermonters who are committed to bringing our community together through gleaning to recover surplus food produced on area farms to feed those with limited access to healthy, fresh local food, and in the process help the community to gain a greater awareness and appreciation of the local food system, healthy eating, and waste reduction.
What is Gleaning?
Gleaning is the practice of walking farmers’ fields and gathering usable food after the farmers have finished the regular harvest.
What We Do and How We Do It
CHCV is a local grassroots volunteer-driven community service program focused on utilizing surplus food grown in Central Vermont. Through our gleaning, we work with local farms to address food waste issues and help provide healthy food to organizations that serve community members in need.
We use food grown on local farms that would otherwise not be harvested and sold to enhance the health and well-being of the Central Vermont community. The program brings together community volunteers to recover produce from local farmers’ fields after the harvest and by doing so keeps farm surplus from going to waste. The fresh gleaned produce is provided to disadvantaged Central Vermont community members, making healthy fresh local food available to more of our community.
CHCV’s volunteers do virtually all of our gleaning. We provide a diverse group of community volunteers the opportunity to help their neighbors in need and gain a greater awareness and appreciation of our local food system. We engage all ages and economic groups, in particular children and recipients of the gleaned food. CHCV promotes community connections and involvement with farms by bringing people out into the farm fields to work together and learn how and where fresh food is grown in their community.
Our recipients, all serving food insecure individuals, include food shelves, senior meal programs, afterschool and early childhood programs, and schools with free and reduced meal programs. CHCV’s recipients report that our regular deliveries – weekly during the harvest season – are critical to their success as they see continuing need in our community. Our donations are predictable and can be counted on by recipients as they plan their meals and budgets. CHCV provides a unique service that programs cannot get anywhere else.
Throughout the harvest season – June through November – CHCV’s weekly deliveries distributes the fresh produce that our volunteers have gleaned from our farm partners. Deliveries of stored gleaned produce continue into the winter and early spring months.
We receive a significant portion of our funding from local and regional foundations. We also receive donations from recipient and community partners, as well as from businesses and individuals. We welcome your participation.