Autumn in Vermont means apples, and with National Hunger Action Month, the Vermont Foodbank teamed up with Vermont residents, businesses, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture promoting the Pick For Your Neighbor program.
A total of 17 pick-your-own orchards across the state are participating in the Pick For Your Neighbor program this fall, inviting people to pick an extra bag of apples as a donation to the Vermont Foodbank.
The makers of Woodchuck Hard Cider closed their apple cidery in Middlebury at the end of September for the staff to spend a day picking apples at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham. Woodchuck employees picked a total of 104 bushels of apples to donate to the Vermont Foodbank for distribution to Vermonters.
"Thanks to so many participating Vermont orchards, the Foodbank has access to fresh, local apples for distribution, and participants experience a great Vermont tradition while helping their neighbors in need," states Theresa Snow, director of agricultural programs at the Vermont Foodbank. "We are thrilled to have partnered with Woodchuck Cider this year to help raise awareness and share Vermont's love of apples; from cider to the hands of all Vermonters."
Through the Foodbank's network of 280 food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs, as many as 86,000 Vermonters access charitable food each year.