Harvesting with Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

By Amanda Cooper

GMCR Employees Volunteering at VYCC (Photo by Kristopher Crown)

(Photo by GMCR Employee Kristopher Crown)

Recently a group of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) employees spent the day at one of our grantees Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) to harvest, wash, and pack fresh vegetables from the VYCC gardens in Richmond, Vermont to support a commonly shared goal – food security for all.

The employees worked to harvest enough onions, carrots, dill, basil, eggplant, garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, and other fresh vegetables to fill 230 boxes for the VYCC’s weekly Health Care Share. Through the Health Care Share in-season food is donated to families that don’t have access to locally grown fresh food.  Health Care Shares are distributed weekly from VYCC to area hospitals from July through September.

Volunteering at the VYCC gave our employees an appreciation for how much work it takes to get food from the ground onto the table. Without the help of volunteers, the VYCC could not donate the amount of food they do now.

When employees volunteer for organizations that we support through our Employee Community Grant Program it results in more meaningful relationships with these local nonprofit organizations.

Watch the video below to learn more about Vermont Youth Conservation Corps‘ work:

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