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.