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Help Hunger Mountain Fill Holiday Packs

Every December for the past 16 years, Hunger Mountain Co-op has supported local organizations and schools by donating grocery bags filled with nutritious food.

To fill the Holiday Grocery Bags with high-need, healthy staples, the Co-op collaborates with Northfield Savings Bank, Co-op members, shoppers, and vendors such as Vermont Coffee Company, Cabot Creamery, Albert’s Organics, and La Panciata Bakery. Through these partnerships, the Co-op sources high-quality, nutritious products, including organic peanut butter, local apples, and freshly baked bread, to fill 650 grocery bags. The retail value of each Holiday Grocery Bag is more than $30.

In mid-December, volunteers and Co-op staff members will gather at the Vermont Foodbank’s warehouse in Barre to assemble this year’s bags. Five local organizations and three area schools, including Barre City Elementary, Barre Town School, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, the Family Center of Washington County, the Montpelier Food Pantry, the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Union Elementary School, and the Washington Elves, will pick up the packed bags for direct distribution to their clients, students, and families.

When you shop at Hunger Mountain Co-op now through December 30, you can choose to Give Change by rounding up your total to the nearest dollar. All of the change collected at the register in November and December will purchase healthy pantry staples to fill this year’s Holiday Grocery Bags. Co-op members interested in volunteering to pack grocery bags can email info@hungermountain.coop or call (802) 262-3202.

Help a neighbor in need year-round just by remembering your bags! For each reusable bag that you use, the Co-op will donate five cents to the Montpelier Food Pantry. In three years, Hunger Mountain Co-op shoppers have raised nearly $33,000 for our local food pantry.

Text supplied by Hunger Mountain Co-op.