The Vermont Company of Agriculture, Meals, and Markets is happy to announce $300,000 in sub-awards to 5 regional nonprofit meals hubs as a part of a 2021 Northern Border Regional Fee (NBRC) award. NBRC is a Federal-State partnership to advance financial improvement and infrastructure in economically distressed counties throughout Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. In Vermont, the Company of Commerce and Group Improvement (ACCD) serves because the State-side of this partnership, figuring out these alternatives for NBRC funding that can strengthen the native economic system and high quality of life for all Vermonters.
These awards acknowledge the significance of bolstering regional meals system infrastructure, particularly contemplating the provision chain distribution impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals hubs are one such essential piece of the native meals system; meals hubs accumulate, distribute, and market native meals merchandise from varied farms and producers.
They might promote native produce, meat, dairy, value-added merchandise, or baked items to wholesale, retail, or institutional markets, and make sure the purchaser is aware of the place every product got here from by way of source-identification. Lots of Vermont’s meals hubs additionally present farm to highschool program assist, shopper schooling, clear pricing, high-quality buyer assist, and assist navigating bottlenecks in reaching numerous markets.
This funding will enable 5 Vermont nonprofit meals hubs to assist extra farm and meals companies, broaden their workforce, and advance ongoing efforts to entry bigger markets. Grantees embody ACORN (Middlebury), Heart for an Agricultural Financial system (Hardwick), Meals Connects (Brattleboro), Intervale Heart (Burlington), and Vermont Farmer’s Meals Heart (Rutland).
Awards vary from $34,447 to $95,764 and will probably be used for big infrastructure wants akin to walk-in coolers, deep freezers, centralized aggregation and storage, and refrigerated cargo vans.