Hunger Mountain Co-op
Locally owned since 1972
Hunger Mountain Co-op is a full service, natural foods grocery store and deli, which has been owned by our community since 1972. We believe that good food helps to create sustainable local food systems and vibrant, healthy communities. Our Co-op is located at 623 Stone Cutters Way in Montpelier, Vermont. Everyone is welcome!
We are committed to offering a wide variety of high-quality products produced in an environmentally sound and socially conscious manner for a fair price. Our emphasis is on wholesome foods that are grown and produced locally. We provide natural and organic products free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colorings, and flavorings. We give preference to products that are humanely raised, sustainably harvested, and produced without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics.
We emphasize natural foods and products that support the health of our customers and community. The Co-op considers the environmental impacts of the production, distribution, and use of its products.
Our buying decisions are informed by the principles outlined in our mission. We strive to carry a wide variety of high-quality products that are wholesome, produced in an environmentally sound and socially conscious manner, and available at a fair price. By carrying these products, we can support local producers and help build a sustainable food distribution system.
In our buying decisions, therefore, we give preference to products that are
• Grown and produced by local or regional vendors;
• Grown and produced organically;
• Produced without genetically modified organisms or hormones;
• Certified fair trade and/or produced by cooperatives;
• Packaged with minimal, recycled and/or recyclable packaging;
• Humanely raised - in the case of meat, eggs, and dairy products.
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Hunger Mountain Co-op is committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and our community. We’re continuously seeking improvements to lessen our local and global environmental impact throughout our business operations.
Our focus areas include conserving energy, water, and other natural resources, reducing waste generation, recycling and purchasing reusable and recycled-content products, and reducing our use of toxic materials. We actively track our sustainability metrics, including energy usage and volume of compost, recycling, and trash, through Co+efficient, a national sustainability program developed by National Co+op Grocers. For these efforts, our co-op was designated a Green Grocery Environmental Leader by the state of Vermont in 2016.
Our co-op has made innovative improvements in energy efficiency by targeting refrigeration and HVAC systems in recent years. We have reduced our refrigeration demand in the winter by installing a system for walk-in coolers that circulates in cold, outdoor air. Additionally, we have installed a heat reclamation tank that captures excess heat from our refrigeration system to preheat water used on-site.
We installed a solar panel carport with an EV charging station in our customer parking lot, which offsets nearly two percent of our energy use and provides free charging to our shoppers while they shop. Additionally, we purchased two solar arrays that will largely offset our annual electrical consumption.
Food at the Co-op that is fit for consumption but has been deemed unsalable is used by our kitchen, given to employees, or donated to an area food shelf. Vermont Compost transports our remaining organic material, including organic waste, from our kitchen and produces departments for local composting at their facility. The resulting compost we purchase for sale to our customers.
We also have multiple programs and initiatives to help our shoppers be more environmentally friendly. These programs include an electronic receipt option in place of paper receipts, reusable takeout containers in our food bar and deli, a 30-cent discount using a travel mug for hot drinks and making a five-cent donation to the Montpelier Food Pantry for every reusable shopping bag used in place of a paper bag.
The Co-op recycles all materials approved by our recycling partners, including non-waxed cardboard, and supports the reuse of many materials, including clean egg cartons. Our co-op accepts refundable bottles and cans as part of the state’s bottle law. In addition, we recycle the plastic wrap from our pallets and products through ARCC in Barre, Vermont.
Hunger Mountain Co-op is committed to environmental excellence and pollution prevention, meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements, and purchasing products with greater recycled content with lower toxicity and less packaging, reducing the use of natural resources.
We accept product returns with a receipt within 60 days of purchase.