Hunger Mountain Co-op is a member-owned, communitybased natural food cooperative. Our Co-op is committed to building a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative commerce. One way we make that mission a reality is through the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund (HMCCF). Since 2011, the HMCCF has distributed $58,425 in community grants to our central Vermont community. These funds would not have been possible without the generosity of our member-owners and shoppers, who contribute to the fund, along with support from Twin Pines Cooperative Community Fund and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. “In recent years, grants from the Co-op have made a huge difference for several dozen wonderful projects in our communities,” says Matt Levin, a long-time Co-op member who serves on the HMCCF committee. “These have included educational projects on food and nutrition, planting community gardens and orchards, helping new food-related businesses get started and established, construction of key infrastructure projects like community kitchens, and supporting efforts to ensure everyone has access to healthy food.” In 2019, three community grants totaling $5,500 were awarded to Capstone Community Action, The Family Center of Washington County, and Herb Craft LLC. Capstone will purchase wire carts to make shopping more accessible at their food shelf. The Family Center is installing a perennial fruit garden, and Herb Craft LLC will use the funds to expand its cold storage capacity.Are you interested in helping fund future Central Vermont community grants? Now through March 29, round up your total to the nearest dollar to support the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund through the Co-op’s Give Change register round-up program. Fill out our opt-in form online at hungermountain.coop/give-change or visit our customer service desk to be asked at the register to round up your purchase each time you shop.