Salvation Farms has received a $5,000 Northeast Kingdom Fund grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to continue their development of a Northeast Kingdom gleaning program. Gleaning is the act of collecting edible crops that would otherwise not make it off of farms resulting in the distribution of nutritious food to those in need of nourishment. The new gleaning program connects community members with local farms, bridging the gap between food growers and eaters by increasing local food accessibility and volunteerism.
This grant helps Salvation Farms expand and strengthen the 2021 created Northeast Kingdom Gleaners program, an effort launched in collaboration with the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District and the Northeast Kingdom Food Cycle Coalition members. Salvation Farms has served as Vermont’s lead organization to help establish gleaning programs across Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom had been one of Vermont’s remaining region not served by gleaning.
Explaining the importance of gleaning, Snow says "The more we do this, the more we build reliance on local food, which creates less dependence on food from somewhere else, and that has climate change adaptation and community resilience implications. If we can do our small part to reduce the global impact of how we choose to feed ourselves, then that's a good thing."
These funds will be applied to Northeast Kingdom Gleaners second year of operation focused on further building relationships with farms, community food programs, community members, and other regional partners. This grant compliments already received investments intended to support the purchase of key program equipment such as a truck and walk-in cooler.
The Northeast Kingdom Fund is a permanent philanthropic resource dedicated to supporting the people and communities of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties. Its grants are decided by a committee of local residents, providing philanthropy for the Kingdom, by the Kingdom.
Salvation Farms is a federally recognized non-profit with a mission to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management. The organization is driven by four primary goals: reducing food loss on farms, increasing the use of locally grown foods, fostering an appreciation for Vermont’s agricultural heritage and future, and increasing justice within the local food system.
To learn more about Salvation Farms, visit: www.salvationfarms.org
To learn more about the Vermont Community Foundation visit: www.vermontcf.org