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, and is open 8am-8pm daily. 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.
In 2016, our co-op was designated a Green Grocery Environmental Leader by the state of Vermont. We are committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and the community in which we conduct our business.
It is our policy to seek improvements throughout our business operations to lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water, and other natural resources; reducing waste generation; recycling and purchasing recycled-content products; and reducing our use of toxic materials or production of toxic products and/or byproducts.
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.
In recent years, our Co-op has made innovative improvements in energy efficiency by targeting refrigeration and HVAC systems. 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. Through efficient refrigeration and LED lighting, our electrical usage has declined approximately 5 percent over the past five years. In our parking lot, we recently installed a solar panel carport with an EV charging station, which currently offsets nearly 2 percent of our energy use.
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. Grow Compost transports our remaining organic material, including organic waste from our kitchen and produce departments, for local composting at either their facility or the Vermont Compost operation.
We recycle all materials currently approved by our recycling partners, including nonwaxed cardboard. Our Co-op accepts refundable bottles and cans as part of the state’s bottle law. We also support the reuse of many materials, including clean egg cartons.
In April of 2016, Hunger Mountain Co-op launched both an electronic receipt option in place of paper receipts and an eco-container program with reusable takeout containers for our hot and cold food bar.
We are committed to environmental excellence and pollution prevention, meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements, and purchasing products that have greater recycled content with lower toxicity and less packaging, which reduces the use of natural resources.
We accept product returns with a receipt within 60 days of purchase.