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Photo of Champlain Orchards (Farmers To You frequently donates their produce to the Barre Food Shelf)

Donating Food, Feeding Our Neighbors

June 26, 2020
by Greg Georgaklis

Many of us are concerned about our neighbors, in particular the most vulnerable members of our community, and we seek ways to help those who are food insecure. Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization, reports that nearly 100 percent of food banks are serving more people in need than usual during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To help ease this burden, Farmers To You wants to remind you of ways you can partner with us to meet the needs of people who need food around our hub in central Vermont. Each year, Farmers To You customers have provided about $25,000 worth of farm fresh food to the Barre Food Shelf. We purchase the fresh food from our small scale farmers and producers with the dollars that you provide and donate it to the food shelf. Not only does the food help the charitable food system that is currently facing a tremendous hunger challenge but it allows Farmers To You to continue to purchase from farmers and producers at times when demand is inconsistent. Thank you to the hundreds of partner families who have participated over the last four years!

There are two ways you can participate and donate. The first is to donate food when you suspend your order. You can choose the amount of your donation either as a one-time donation or donate each week of your suspension. We charge your account on the Tuesday of your suspension. The second way to donate is by adding an amount to your existing order by simply selecting the option when you order your food.

Your generous donation helps the whole system – the farmers, small producers, the Food Shelf and families. 

Tina Silva of the Barre Food Shelf recently told us that she is very grateful for the Farmers To You community and the fresh food that keeps them well stocked. She says “The fresh vegetables are packed and put on the food shelf and some of the food is cooked and put in bags that we deliver. Either way, together we are feeding our community.”

With warm wishes and appreciation from Vermont,

Greg