Hunger Mountain Co-op has made a commitment to building a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative commerce.
Our Co-op supports area schools, local projects, non-profits, and initiatives that align with our Mission of healthy people, local foods, sustainability, and cooperative commerce. Last year, our Co-op’s community giving program provided over $40,000 in donations, sponsorships, and grants.
Donations and Sponsorships
Hunger Mountain Co-op contributes to school functions, fundraisers, community groups and citywide events that align with our Mission. To make a request, fill out a Sponsorship Form or Donation Form and drop it off at the Customer Service Desk.
Tabling at Our Co-op
Hunger Mountain Co-op provides tabling opportunities as part of our mission to educate our community. Tabling is a forum for community groups (nonprofit, educational, families, children, and the arts) to share educational materials with our member-owners and shoppers. Please fill out our Tabling Request Form and return it to Customer Service.
Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund
Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund (HMCCF) was created in 2005 as a charitable giving program. HMCCF provides financial support to businesses, organizations, and initiatives aligned with our mission of building a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative commerce. In 2015, HMCCF grants totaled $10,000.
Community Outreach & Education
Outreach & support Volunteers
Our Co-op provides shopping discounts to member-owners who volunteer with the Co-op or our local partners in the community. Learn about the latest volunteer opportunities here
We happily offer educational tours for kids of all ages. We will provide a store tour, an educational presentation, healthy snacks to sample and goodies to bring home! Contact Community Relations to schedule a tour for your class or community group.
Workshops and Classes
Workshops focus on a variety of subjects that are in line with our Mission and are presented by well-informed members of our community. Check out our calendar for upcoming workshops.
Focus on Food Insecurity
For the past 14 years, our Co-op has supported area organizations and local schools by donating grocery bags filled with nutritious food every December. To fill those bags, our Co-op collaborates with local vendors and community partners to source high-need, healthy products like peanut butter, black beans, and brown rice. We have been lucky to have amazing partners that have been with us for many years. Northfield Savings Bank donates funds for purchasing the food and volunteers to help pack the bags. Vermont Coffee Company donates freshly ground coffee. La Panciata Bakery provides locally baked bread, and our organic oranges come from Albert’s Organics. Our Co-op shoppers and members help support this event with register donations and by volunteering to help pack the bags. With the help from our partners, we packed a record 650 bags this past December!
In 2014, we began partnering with Community Harvest of Central Vermont (CHCV), a volunteer-driven community service program focused on gleaning surplus food grown on central Vermont farms. The recovered food benefits local organizations that serve community members in need. Through our partnership, member-owners can volunteer their time with CHCV in exchange for a Co-op shopping discount. In its three-year history, CHCV has gleaned over 53,000 pounds, which is close to 160,000 servings of produce.
In the spring of 2015, our Co-op partnered with Central Vermont Medical Center to financially support their Health Care Share Program, a farm fresh food assistance initiative that connects healthy food to area patients who are food insecure or in addiction recovery. The produce for this program is grown by local at-risk youth at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps’ farm. The 2015 summer session fed 150 local families, representing nearly 600 individuals, for 12 weeks.
In July of 2016, our Co-op joined other Montpelier merchants in Bag that Bag program to support the Montpelier Food Pantry. For every reusable bag used at the Co-op, a nickel donation will be made to the Food Pantry - resulting in more than $10,000 annually.