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Salvation Farms Receives Much Needed Community Support
Salvation Farms is happy to see needed community support coming to the organization by way of an exciting challenge. An anonymous donor has returned to support their important work for a second year. This donor put $10,000 on the table in early July making the whole lot available but with one restriction – Salvation Farms must secure donations totaling this amount by August 31st. Once that feat is achieved, their generous challenge donor will match the community’s contributions dollar for dollar.
In addition to the above challenge, Salvation Farms received a second year grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovations and Collaborations grant program in support of continuing the Vermont Commodity Program work at the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor. Through this program Salvation Farms engages a small crew of inmates to help clean and pack excess Vermont-grown produce for residents across Vermont who often lack access to these kinds of wholesome, fresh foods.
To scale-up Salvation Farms’ Vermont Commodity work at the Correctional Facility, the organization has been working with the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Service and the Department of Corrections to renovate a building at the prison. This renovation will add a loading dock, cooler storage and crop washing abilities thus guaranteeing the program’s ability to increase the amount of fresh food captured from farms that would have otherwise gone to waste.
A donor recently approached Salvation Farms making a commitment of $30,000 and then another committing an additional $5,000, pushing this essential renovation toward reality. To date Salvation Farms has raised just over 60% of the estimated $156,000 needed, leaving a fundraising gap of roughly $60,000.
“We’ve see the impact the Vermont Commodity Program can have for Vermont communities and for individuals held in the state’s custody,” says Theresa Snow, Salvation Farms’ Executive Direction. “The men that have made up the Vermont Commodity crew, limited in their connections to the world outside the fence, have really responded to the opportunities encompassed in this program; it is tangible work that impacts communities beyond their current reach. Our crew has worked hard to help us feed Vermont.”
Salvation Farms’ mission is to increase resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management. Financial contribution can be made on line at www.salvationfarms.org or by mailing a check to PO Box 1174, Morrisville, VT 05661.