Vermont Business Magazine The Hunger Mountain Co-op has awarded a record-breaking $15,200 to 15 local grantees working on important and innovative projects related to food access and local food systems.
Hunger Mountain Coop’s purpose is deeply rooted in the belief that access to good food helps create vibrant, healthy communities and sustainable local food systems. Each year, the Co-op encourages central Vermont businesses, organizations and initiatives that are aligned with its mission to apply for grants from the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund. Funding focuses on smaller-scale proposals for one-off expenditures, capital infrastructure needs, food access projects and proposals from historically and currently marginalized groups.
“This year, grant recipients include BIPOC farms in the local community. Khelcom Farm and The Flying Buffalo LLC are raising funds to expand agricultural production,” shared Claire Wheeler, Co-op member and Community Fund Committee chair. “This is one of the many ways the cooperative is working to fill gaps in the food system and help kickstart a really strong and healthy, vibrant local economy.”
This year’s community grant recipients are Barre Senior Center, Bethany Church, Enough Ministries, Good Samaritan Haven, Greater Northfield Seniors, Green Acres Affordable Housing, Ishtar Collective, Khelcom Farm, Maquam Bay of Missisquoi Inc., Milk With Dignity Standards Council, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Onion River Food Shelf, Schoolhouse Farm, The Flying Buffalo LLC and Twin Valley Senior Center.
Since its inception, the cooperative’s community fund has awarded over $96,000 through 84 community grants. This level of ongoing support would not be possible without partners like the Twin Pines Cooperative Community Fund, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and the generosity of the cooperative’s members.
Five decades ago, a small group of central Vermont residents came together to gain access to foods and products not readily available in our area. Thanks to years of hard work and collaboration, Hunger Mountain Coop has a lot to celebrate in its 50th birthdayth year, with milestones of over $27 million in gross sales, 10,655 member owners, 387 Vermont vendors, 187 employees, and over $80,000 returned through donations and sponsorships.
The Hunger Mountain Cooperative exists to create and sustain a thriving community of healthy people, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative businesses.