Team-Volunteer
From Left to Right: Brian and Nicole from the Vermont Foodbank, Martin, Nina, Megan, Gabrielle, Michelle, Loryn and Dennis of Vermont Woods Studios
Here at Vermont Woods Studios we are committed to staying active within the community around us. That is why each year we volunteer and donate as much as we can to organizations local to the Vernon, VT area.

Earlier this week, we partnered with the Vermont Foodbank (VFB) in Brattleboro, VT to help distribute 500 holiday food boxes to those in need as part of the Foodbank’s annual Pack to Give Back event. Families in and around the Brattleboro area that are struggling to put food on the table are given a chance to collect their holiday food items so they too, can enjoy and celebrate the holiday season.

Volunteers help with traffic control, gather food vouchers, mark the amount of food each family gets and help distribute the food to each person.

The day started bright and early on a blustery but sunny Monday morning. We gathered in the VFB’s office to warm up with coffee and tea and from there we were taken through their warehouse of donations and back outside to an assembly line of food. For every voucher a family had, they were given that amount of corresponding food at each point in the assembly line.

The first stop in the line was bottled water donated by FEMA, which is able to donate as long as there isn’t a need from a disaster, so that the supplies don’t go to waste. Each family that wanted it, was given an extra pack of water as a lot of the families in need don’t have regular access to clean water. The next stop in the line was butternut squash, then they were given care packages, pies, onions, apples, carrots, bread and frozen chickens.

Water-Donation
Our goal was to move more than 20,000 pounds of water!

Volunteers helped move the food from the stations into every person’s car so they wouldn’t have to get out.

This event was the third and final stop for the Pack to Give Back tour and we are delighted to have been a part of it. During 2015, the Vermont Foodbank was able to distribute 10 million pounds of food through food rescue, direct donations and gleaning. Volunteers are a crucial part of the Foodbank, assisting with distribution, food collection and food packing.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help out year round at your local foodbank, visit Feeding America today!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Give-hopeAll across the USA people are talking about giving Christmas Gifts that are “Made in America” and– we’re beginning to see some pretty impressive results in the form of job creation.

Well, here’s another way do something great with your holiday shopping.  How about donating to local food pantries and shelters in honor of the people on your Christmas list?  Instead of scrambling around trying to figure out what on earth to get all those people who already have everything, why not honor them by helping someone who’s hungry or cold?

Give the gift of hope to those who have lost hope.  How many parents who were in a position just like you and me very recently–  have no job today?

In our area we have many local organizations in need of donations, including the Reformer Christmas Stocking, Feed the Thousands and The Vermont Food Bank, in addition to local churches that each have a program to give hope and help.  This year the need is more critical than ever.

What’s interesting is that when given a choice, all of the people I polled said they would rather have this kind of donation given in their name than receive another pair of gloves for Christmas.  I bet your friends would say the same.  What do you think?

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.