49,700 Pounds Donated in 2018!
2018 was an all-around record breaking year for Community Harvest of Central Vermont.
We gleaned a record 38,722 pounds (up 8,700 pounds over any other season) from local farms and growers and we received another 11,954 pounds from the Willing Hands program of the Upper Valley, all of which CHCV donated to over 9,000 Central Vermonters in need. These individuals received the food through our partnerships with 20 recipient organizations.
In all over the last five years, CHCV has donated over 175,800 pounds or 527,500 servings of nutritious fresh local food that would have otherwise gone to waste.
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 (and over the past five years).
“Having a variety of fresh & colorful produce brought many ooh’s and aah’s and gave us the opportunity to introduce folks to items they were less familiar with like mesclun and squash. It has generated many conversations about recipes and best ways to prepare items. So we have definitely, with CHCV and local farms’ help, expanded horizons!”
- Linda Parks, Waterbury Area Food Shelf
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, yogurt, and cheese, but also generously providing a home for our cooler building again in 2018. We would also like to thank Bear Roots Farm for being our largest farm contributor in 2018, and the other 36 farms and growers that CHCV partnered with in 2018 and for the thousands of pounds of wonderful food they all donated. A full list of 2018 contributing farms is listed here.
Partnering with all these great farms is only the first step of our work – once we hear that crops are available, we need help getting the food. 277 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
“The central idea behind CHCV is brilliant. All of the spokes on the wheel need a central hub, and CHCV is the core that makes all of the pieces work together. I've been gleaning with CHCV for the past five years and been consistently impressed with how smoothly it works. I look forward to being back as a gleaner next year.” - Maribeth Domanski, CHCV volunteer
And thanks to all of you who supported our gleaning efforts with your financial and in-kind support. During the year CHCV raised over $38,000 in donations from individuals, foundations, businesses, and other partners.
A special thanks to the Hunger Mountain Co-op, Northfield Savings Bank, and Four Springs Farm, our 2018 field and market gleaning sponsors. Let us know if your business is interested in becoming a sponsor in 2019.
More 2018 Milestones!
Not only was 2018 an amazing year of gleaning, there was more good news.
We became our own 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our new board of directors is listed here.
CHCV hired new staff. Patty Ristau joined us in July as our new part-time Program Assistant, helping to keep the office going during the busy gleaning season and beyond.
And we launched our new sustaining donor program, helping to keep our focus on gleaning rather than fundraising. Please consider becoming a sustaining donor today.
We look forward to building on all these successes in the coming years with help from all of you. Let’s work together to help feed even more of our neighbors that have limited access to nutritious food.