Friend to the Community

COFFEE ROASTED FOR FRIENDS is more than a slogan — it is our mission and how we do business.  As Friends to the Community we recognize there is a growing food and shelter insecurity problem and we want to be part of the solution to feed and shelter our neighbors.  

John Graham Shelter kept a fire burning on the banks of the Otter Creek River in Middlebury throughout the night of December 19th to raise awareness and funds to ensure that everyone has safe housing this winter. The event raised over $64,000!
Vermont Coffee Company made a commitment to match donations 
dollar for dollar for the final $25,000 of this campaign.


    Throughout September’s Hunger Action Month, Vermont Coffee Company partnered with Farrell Distributing and some of its largest customers to raise more than $10,000 for the Vermont Food Bank to be distributed to Vermont's 200+ food shelves.

“This donation makes an incredible difference in the lives of our Vermont neighbors who struggle with hunger,” said Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles. “Thank you to the generosity of Vermont Coffee Company, for stepping up in extraordinary ways to show that together we can fight hunger and take care of those in need during these unprecedented times.”

A big thank you to all of you who took part by purchasing our coffee in September! We will continue our efforts as long as the need exists. You can  help your neighbors by finding a food shelf near you to support.

We are also proud to work with Salvation Farms to help Vermont residents build community food security through connecting local farms with local eaters.

Salvation Farms staff

In April of 2020 we raised $142,000 for our local food shelves and homeless shelters through a matching funds campaign as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

H.O.P.E. staff — Heather Potter, Development Director; Kate Selby, Holiday Shop Coordinator; Tom Smith, food shelf volunteer and board member; Anna Paretsky, food access and admin asst; Jessica Thompson, Services Manager

The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness and provides emergency shelter, services, and long-term housing for Vermonters in need. In 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic we helped raise $100,000 to support the amazing efforts of COTS and the John Graham Shelter.

You can make ongoing direct donations to:

We also offer a Fundraising program that you are welcome to take part in to promote your local school, organization, or club.
Download the fundraising packet here.