FRESH Coupon Program
Now that we are averaging over 350 families a month, we wanted to do more. The logistics of handling fresh food for such large numbers of clients were daunting. In 2009, we teamed up with market in Morrisville to provide our clients with $2 coupons that could be used to purchase fresh produce. In 2010 we expanded that to include fresh meat as well. We call this our FRESH (Food Resources Everyone Should Have) Coupon Program.
Starting in April 2020 the FRESH coupon program is on hold. As we move to drive through ditribution without taking any information from our clients, we are not able to distribute our coupons equitably. As of March 2021 we will start distributing a very few coupons through some other agencies. We hope to expand this but will have to see how things progress.
Act 148, Hannaford and LCFS
In 2012, the Vermont legislature passed , also known as the Universal Recycling Law. The first part of this law went into effect July 2015. Markets are required to recycle as much of their waste as possible- the first priority being to feed people. Hannaford in Morrisville has partnered with LCFS to do just that. For many years we have received bread and other bakery productas from both Hannaford and Price Chopper. Now this has expanded to include deli products, produce, meat and dairy from Hannaford.
LCFS has purchased a van to help with transportation. We also purchased a new refrigerator for storage. Our most recent purchase is a U-boat to help move this food around the pantry. we are still trying to find the best system for handling this extra food, and the paperwork that goes with it, but our clients are grateful!
With the advent of Covid 19 and a turn to drive through distribution, we have discontinued pickups of all but bakery products. Since clients are not permitted into the pantry and with limited shelf space outside, we are not able to distribute these products in a timely manner.