Round Up for Vermonters Feeding Vermonters

Together we can help bring farm-fresh Vermont products to Vermonters in need. This week we’re excited to kick off our spring Farmers’ Round Up campaign, benefiting Vermonters Feeding Vermonters (VFV), a program initiated by the Vermont Foodbank last summer to address the economic fallout from the pandemic. The program purchases locally produced fresh food for Vermont households in need.

Thirty percent of Vermont households have experienced food insecurity since the onset of the pandemic, a 9.6% increase from past years. 

Here’s how the program works in a nutshell:

  • The Vermont Foodbank partners with over 150 Vermont farms and food producers from around the state to purchase locally produced fresh food (produce, meat, dairy, and eggs). 
  • The food collected is distributed at 277 community locations around the state through VeggieVanGo, food shelves, meal programs, housing sites, and CSAs. 
“The program used to be restricted to produce, but with the money received from Covid-19 relief, we were able to expand that to meat, eggs, and dairy, as well,” explained Mica Seely, corporate and community philanthropy manager (and Woodstock local!). “We also give out VFV cash grants directly to food shelves so they can purchase fresh food directly from their farm neighbors.”
 
Along with providing healthy food choices for people in Vermont facing hunger, the program benefits our local economy, helps our farmers and producers, and reduces our environmental footprint. Vermont produced food stays in Vermont! 
 
Thanks for your support, everyone, as we work together to make a difference. And a special thank you to our cashier team who are the backbone of the round-up program here at the Market. Every penny counts!

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