The Co-op council created the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund (HMCCF) in 2005 as a charitable giving program. HMCCF provides financial support to businesses, organizations and initiatives aligned with our mission. Past grants have supported local businesses in need of start-up capital, construction of key infrastructure projects like community kitchens, and local activism on food-related issues in central Vermont. 

Thanks to generous donations from our member-owners and our partnerships with Twin Pines Cooperative Community Fund and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, our community fund has continued to grow steadily. Since 2011, the Co-op has distributed a total of $45,302 in Cooperative Community Fund grants. In 2017, the total grants awarded reached $6,600. Below is a list of the 2017 recipients, how much they received for a grant, and the projects they are working on:

Applicant                                                           Award        Project

NOFA-VT                                                            $1,150         Food for All: low income CSA share support 

Good Food Good Medicine                                   $1,150         Family wellness education program 

The Growing Peace Project                                   $1,150         Teaching gardening, gleaning, and education 

Just Basics, Inc.                                                     $1,150          Montpelier Food Pantry recipe kits. Learn more about their story here.  

Barre Area Senior Center                                     $500            Cooking class series 

Vermont Foodbank                                               $500            Veggie Van Go in Barre City School 

Capstone Community Action                                $500             Shelving for food pantry storage 

Calais Agricultural Committee                               $250            Supplies for Gospel Hallow Edible Park 

Northfield Community Development Network       $250            Night on the common - local vendor promotion

We anticipate the application for 2018 grants will be available in July.