At Vermont Creamery, our employees are our greatest resource. We are a community that encourages our team to engage and live our values every day. We know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and here, the “whole” is powered by a spirit of collaboration.

Great things happen when we come together.

Three months ago, two employees joined forces to initiate a Vermont Creamery food drive that yielded 2,320 pounds of food for Bread of Life, a local food shelf sponsored by the Hedding United Methodist Church here in Barre, Vermont.

For twelve weeks, employees partnered up to rally some friendly competition amongst the teams; collection totals were announced at our weekly all-company “huddle.” The enthusiasm was palpable and the participation was near 100%.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude to the Land O’ Lakes Foundation for increasing the impact of our efforts with two generous donations:  $5,000 to Bread of Life, and a separate donation of $5,000 to The Vermont Foodbank, the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  With Land O'Lakes, we're working together for the common good - fighting hunger and strengthening our community. 

These funds will support hunger relief on both the local level, serving families in need here in Barre, as well as at the state level, through the Vermont Foodbank’s robust distribution network.

We recognize that our actions will not cure hunger; with 1 in 4 Vermonters suffering from food insecurity, there is much to be done. Each $1 donation to the Vermont Foodbank buys 3 meals for a family in need, and every dollar counts.

To learn more, volunteer or donate to the Vermont Foodbank, visit www.vtfoodbank.org; for more information about Bread of Life Food Shelf, visit www.heddingumc.org.

Eliza Leeper manages Vermont Creamery’s B Corp certification and social mission programs.