My Co-op Rocks Contest Winner Donates Prize Money to Farm Share Program

Courtesy of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA). NOFA Vermont is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and...

Courtesy of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA). NOFA Vermont is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations. Its Farm Share Program assists limited-income Vermonters in obtaining farm fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Vermont Farm Share Program thanks City Market!

City Market in Burlington donated a total of $1888.30 to the Vermont Farm Share Program in June. $750 came as their second-place prize in the My Co-op Rocks video competition. You can watch the video below – it’s really fun.

Onion River Rock!

my-coop-rocks-onion-river-rockThis is a lovely example of how the community can work together to really make a difference. In a nationwide competition, Vermont food-lovers supported City Market’s great video, and City Market chose to support Vermont’s food-lovers by donating the prize to Farm Share. The Vermont Farm Share Program helps make local food accessible to all by subsidizing community-supported agriculture shares for limited-income families.

The rest of the donation – $1,138.30 – came from City Market’s Change for Local Nonoprofits Program, where five cents is donated for each bag a customer reuses. That’s 22,766 bags! Again, the community’s efforts combine to make a big difference.

The Vermont Farm Share Program consistently experiences much more demand than we have the funds to meet. Together, these donations will allow us to fund an additional 25 shares. That’s 25 more families receiving fresh, local food, and 25 more shares for local farmers.

Want to help? You can support Vermont Farm Share with a donation – and mark your calendar for Share the Harvest! On Thursday, October 4, restaurants, co-ops, and stores throughout Vermont will donate a portion of their sales to the Vermont Farm Share Program. It’s a great opportunity to have a great meal and support a great cause.

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