Community

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Our Community
Serving our community since 1972

Since our early start as a buying club, our co-op community has grown to nearly 170 employees, over 500 local vendors, and more than 8,000 member-owners. We support local schools, nonprofits, and initiatives that advance our mission of sustainable food systems and healthy communities. Our co-op welcomes everyone, and we hope to see you at our workshops, food & wellness fairs, Earth Day celebrations, and truckload sales.

Giving

Hunger Mountain Co-op is a locally owned natural food cooperative committed to creating and sustaining a vibrant community of healthy individuals. The Co-op supports local nonprofits connected to our mission in a number of ways, including providing $42,343 in donations and sponsorships and awarding $6,600 in community grants last year.

We also support the Montpelier Food Pantry year-round. For each reusable bag that you use, we donate five cents. Since launching this program in July 2016, we have donated $28,146 to the food pantry and replaced 562,920 paper bags.

Each month, we highlight a local nonprofit through our Give Change round-up program. Shoppers can round up their total to the nearest dollar to “give change” to area organizations, including Central Vermont Humane Society, Community Harvest of Central Vermont, Vermont Foodbank, Capstone Community Action, Good Samaritan Haven, and People’s Health & Wellness Clinic.

We also contribute to school functions, fundraisers, community groups, and area events that align with our Co-op's mission. To make a request, fill out a sponsorship form or donation form.

Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund was created in 2005 as a charitable-giving program. Community grants are awarded annually to businesses, organizations, and initiatives aligned with our mission. Learn more here.

Outreach

We provide 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. Access our tabling request form here.

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.

Events

Our workshops focus on a variety of subjects that are in line with our mission and are presented by well-informed members of our community. Our Co-op hosts large-scale community events like our Food & Wellness Fair and Earth Day Celebration. Check out our calendar for upcoming workshops and events.

Local Focus

We shine the spotlight on our local partners to help share their stories and celebrate their role in our community. Check out our Local Focus partners for every moth here.

Impact

Every year, we produce an annual impact report to reflect on how well the Co-op is doing in striving to reach our Ends. The successes and challenges of the year, our financial positioning, and the member-owner information is available in the report. Click here to view our most recent Impact Report.