Your Donation Supports the Barre Food Shelf, Community Harvest of Central Vermont, and Food For Free!
Choosing to donate allows Farmers To You to deliver the same farm fresh ingredients that you enjoy every week to the Barre Food Shelf, Community Harvest of Central VT, and Food For Free.
There are two ways to donate
- When you suspend your order, you choose the amount of your donation. If your suspension is for more than one week you will also have the option to make a one time donation or to donate every week of the suspension. For one time donations we charge your account on the first Tuesday of your suspension, for the amount you have chosen. For recurring donations we charge your account every Tuesday until your next delivery. You will receive a confirmation email when you set up the donation, and another email when we charge your account.
- Add a donation amount to your existing order. Simply select one of the options here. The donation will appear on your next order, and will recur until you choose to remove the donation from your order.
Farmers To You uses the donations each week to purchase food in bulk from our regular partner farmers. This food goes to one of our food access partners, where community members can come pick up food, or where the food can be cooked and distributed as meals.
Why should I do this?
We offer the option to suspend your order at any time, and for any length of time. While this flexibility is helpful for busy families, the weekly fluctuations can be challenging for our farmers and producers, as well as for Farmers To You. We have some weeks with much fewer orders... but the cows still produce milk, the lettuce still grows, our warehouse crew is still here packing food, and our trucks are still driving the regular routes to Boston and VT pickup sites. When you donate you are helping our overall system to flourish!
About the Barre Food Shelf
The Barre Food Shelf is part of Capstone Community Action located in Barre Vermont.
Capstones' Family & Community Support Services helps people with basic needs, such as food, shelter and housing. The food shelf in Barre serves about 850 families every month. The program tries to focus on fresh foods, giving away hundreds of pounds of produce weekly. They also give out shelf-stable items, frozen meat, bread and dairy.
The Food shelf serves people of all ages and household configurations: working families with children, families receiving TANF (Temporary Aid to Needy Families), retired seniors, people with disabilities, and people experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness. Most of the people who use the food shelf have incomes around the poverty level.
Capstone, in partnership with the Vermont Foodbank, has a program called Community Kitchen Academy. It serves as a training program for entry level food industry jobs; through this program they also process raw materials into meals that are distributed through the food shelf. Thus, food is diverted from the waste steam, used for training, and also feeds people in need.
Community Harvest of Central Vermont (CHCV) is a grassroots, volunteer-driven program that provides gleaned food (surplus food grown on local farms) to those with limited access to healthy, fresh produce. CHCV serves as the connector between 30+ charitable food sites, 50+ farm and food businesses, and close to 1,000 community members engaging with their work as volunteers, donors, or students – all learning and building a stronger community together. Through their work, they help provide nutritious, local food to more than 16,800 individuals in Central Vermont yearly.
CHCV coordinates community volunteers to recover produce from local farmers’ fields after the harvest, and by doing so keeps farm surplus from going to waste. They strive to serve each of their recipient partner site's specific needs, so that each site receives the right amount of fresh, perishable food to meet their demand and preferences.
Through our partnership with CHCV, a portion of the food donated by Farmers To You partner families will be added to the gleaned food CHCV recovers and distributes to Central Vermont food shelves, including the Montpelier Food Pantry and the Waterbury Area Food Shelf. Click here for a full list of recipients in CHCV's network.
About Food For Free
Food For Free, based in Cambridge, MA, improves access to healthy food within the Boston area community. They rescue food that would otherwise go to waste and create new distribution channels to under-served populations with an emphasis on utilizing school systems to reach those in need. Food For Free envisions a future where everyone in the Boston area community—regardless of age, income, or ability—has consistent access to fresh, healthy, delicious food.