The Good Food Truck announces new funding from VSECU
VSECU, the Vermont State Employees credit union recently donated $10,000 for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf’s newly launched program, The Good Food Truck.
The innovative new program is designed to use the power of nutritious and local food to feed people who are hungry, create opportunities for people who are under- or unemployed, and unite the community around the fight against hunger.
“We are thrilled that VSECU has chosen to sponsor The Good Food Truck,” said Sophia Morton, the food shelf’s communications and development director. “This type of sponsorship is hugely impactful for the program, and supports our mission of feeding hundreds of more people who otherwise may not have access to nutritious and fresh meals.”
The Good Food Truck, launched in June of 2015, brings free meals and a fun, festive atmosphere to our hungry and food insecure neighbors using a 16-foot long truck that is equipped to cook and serve meals on the road. The goal for CEFS and the Food Truck is to offer 120 days of free meals to low income community members at partner organizations and meal sites throughout Chittenden County. Clientele of the Good Food Truck who have a household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty line will be eligible for these free, delicious meals featuring globally-inspired flavors and local foods.
The Good Food Truck is also an opportunity for the Food Shelf to tell our story to the broader community in a fresh, new way. The Good Food Truck will be at several community events and fundraisers throughout the season operating as a social enterprise, or business, venture. During these revenue-generating fixed price menu days, 100% of the proceeds from purchases made at the Good Food Truck will benefit The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and go toward providing 120 days of free meals for low income Vermonters.
“The Good Food Truck is an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to the issue of hunger in Vermont,” said Simeon Chapin, VSECU director of community and social development. “This is exactly the type of initiative VSECU looks for as we work to improve the lives of all Vermonters and support projects that have a lasting social impact in our communities.”
— Staff report
OF THE WEEK
Lenny’s raised $22,790 to fight hunger in Vermont and New York
On Saturday, Oct. 24, locals shopped till they dropped — and raised more than $22,000 to fight hunger.
During the 6th annual Charity Sale, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel and its customers collectively raised $22,790 for the Vermont Foodbank and JCEO Plattsburgh Foodshelf.
This week, Lenny’s owners Mark and Todd McCarthy presented a check for $17,450 to Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles and presented a check for $5,340 to the JCEO Plattsburgh Foodshelf.
“What an incredible donation!” said Sayles. “We are deeply grateful to Lenny’s and their loyal customers for their years of partnership. Together we are ensuring that our neighbors have the food they need during times of great need.”
Lenny’s customers were encouraged to make a $10 donation to the Vermont Foodbank and JCEO Plattsburgh Foodshelf in exchange for 2016 Lenny’s Coupon Calendar. All of the proceeds from each calendar sold went directly to the nonprofit organizations. Lenny’s is continuing to collect $5 donations in exchange for the 2016 Coupon Calendar.
“Our customers have astounded us once again with their generosity,” said McCarthy. “To date, we have now donated $73,945 to these organizations.”