HOPE’s Food Shelf serves over 600 people a month with non-perishable, client selected groceries. Our space includes a surplus area available everyday for clients to select from a variety of breads, pastries, vegetables, and fruits from local stores and farms.
For 2015 we served:
6,248 individuals in those households
481 who were senior citizens
1,659 who were children
During the holidays we also offer holiday boxes. These feature staple items for this time of year like turkey, stuffing, ingredients for pies, and local fall produce. Last year we handed out 379 holiday boxes.
Local Food Access Program
Our Local Food Access Program seeks to bridge the gap between surplus local produce in the Addison County areas and those unable to buy locally grow food.
This program exists thanks to the generous financial support of the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, the partnership between HOPE, farmers, educators, food shelf users, volunteers, and many others. Through a combination of gleaning, processing, and cooking education our food insecure community can access nutritionally beneficial and local food and our farmers can find alternative avenues for their surplus crops. This effort includes the Addison County Gleaning Program, the Just Soup Project, and HOPE’s work as a member organization of the Vermont Gleaning Collective (an initiative of Salvation Farms).
Gleaning is the act of recovering surplus or unmarketable produce from farms. This produce is often in extremely good condition and might otherwise end up as compost or simply sit in the fields. HOPE’s Local Food Access Coordinator works with farms during the season to help with this local food rescue.
For 2015 we received 10, 797 pounds of surplus produce!
HOPE would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following farms for their donations for 2015:
Mt. Abraham-Lincoln Farm
We also receive many donations from home gardeners. We are always happy to accept donations of clean, intact vegetables at the food shelf in the John V Craven Community Services Center on Boardman Street in Middlebury.
For more information or questions about how you can help participate in gleanings and other projects in this program contact Lily Bradburn our Local Food Access Coordinator at (802) 388-3608 ext. 225 or stop by our office.