COFFEE ROASTED FOR FRIENDS is more than a slogan — it is our mission and how we do business. As “Friends to our Community” we recognize there is a growing food insecurity problem and we want to be part of the solution to feed our neighbors.
Between March and June 2020, there was a 68% increase in the use of food pantries across Vermont. Food shelves and meal sites have struggled to keep up with demand. To support the Vermont Foodbank’s network of 200+ food shelves in all 14 counties, we have launched an initiative to secure the funding they need to continue to feed their communities.
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 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.”
You can also make ongoing direct donations to:
We are proud to work with Salvation Farms to help Vermont residents build
community food security through connecting local farms with local eaters.
A Salvation Farms volunteer gleaner shows off a lovely harvest of surplus cherry tomatoes.
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
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.