SunCommon and the Vermont Foodbank Teamed Up to Fight Food Insecurity

Back in late 2018, we teamed up with the Vermont Foodbank to make an impact in their fight against hunger in our state.

During the months of November and December, we tried a new way of using our business as a force for good: for every solar home visit we scheduled during those two months, we pledged to donate $30 to the Vermont Foodbank – the equivalent of 50 meals. We reached out to our network, we tabled at food co-ops, and we asked our customers to refer their friends. And we helped a whopping 221 households explore solar during those two months!

In other words: we wrote a check to the Vermont Foodbank for $6,630!

SunCommon Employee Carries Food Donation Box

So what does $6,630 really mean?

Vermont Foodbank Veggie Van Go

It means 11,000 meals for our neighbors facing hunger. At more than 13,000 pounds (6.5 tons!) of food, it’s more than enough to feed two 4-person families for an entire year.

It’s enough to fund 2 VeggieVanGo food drops, events that take place all over the state and provide hundreds of families and individuals with fresh food as well as education and outreach.

Or it’s enough to fill over 1,500 backpacks, a Foodbank program that sends eligible Vermont children home from school each week with kid-friendly food from all five food groups. As the Foodbank says on their website,

“Parents described the program as ‘helpful’ and ‘awesome.’ One parent said: ‘Hopefully the BackPack program will follow my son to middle school. [It’s] very helpful when money is tight and the bag of food comes home with him. Thank you for the help.’”

Did you know 1 in 4 people in Vermont face hunger every day? That’s over 150,000. And that’s too many.

It’s both our mission and our responsibility to use our business as a force for good. We chose to use our business to help the Foodbank in their mission to gather and share quality food so that no one in Vermont will go hungry. Like us, the Foodbank is building up our local Vermont communities while tackling an important global issue, and we’re proud to have partnered with them.

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