Killington Is Doing Another Food Giveaway, This Time Farm-To-Trunk Locally Sourced

Killington Resort is going to do some more good for the community that it serves, which it has been doing during the entire time of the COVID-19 pandemic. This past Wednesday, August 26th, Killington announced a Farm-To-Trunk Community Grocery Giveaway, coming on the third of September from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. or until all 700 grocery bags have been given.

This event, which is a partnership with the Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC), is funded by a $50,000 donation from the Killington Play It Forward Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation to the VFFC and Thomas Diary.

“We realize farmers have lost much of their distribution network with restaurants in the state running at reduced capacity, so we’re excited to partner with Vermont Farmers Food Center and provide products purchased directly from local Vermont farms,” says Mike Solimano, president and general manager of Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. “By supporting our local farms and those experiencing food insecurities, we hope to strengthen our community and inspire others to take action.”

Killington has been putting on events like these since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with the Town of Killington and Castleton University with plans to make another $50,000 donation to expand on month food insecurity programs.

As stated above, this week's food giveaway will be 100% locally sourced through the VFFC, including product from the following Vermont suppliers:

  • Milk from Thomas Dairy (Rutland, VT)
  • Vegetables from Evening Song Farm (Shrewsbury, VT), Yoder Farm (Danby, VT), Boardman Hill Farm (Rutland, VT), Otter Point Farm (West Haven, VT) and Singing Cedars Farm (Orwell, VT)
  • Yogurt from Larson Farm and Creamery (Wells, VT)
  • Eggs, bacon and ground beef from Windy Meadows (Whitehall, NY)
  • Ground beef from Squier Family Farm (Tinmouth, VT) and Davis Farms (West Rutland, VT)
  • Sweet corn from Brown’s Orchard and Farmstand (Castleton, VT)
  • Goat milk feta cheese and yogurt from Ice House Farm (Goshen, VT)
  • Honey and maple syrup from Elmore Mountain Maple Works (North Chittenden, VT) and Brookside Estate (Orwell, VT)
  • Bread from Ooh La La Bakery and Creperie (Chittenden, VT)
  • Garlic from Quill Hill Farm (Poultney, VT)
  • Cheese from Vermont Farmstead (Windsor, VT)
  • Flour from King Arthur Baking Company (Norwich, VT)
“With Covid-19, our farm is looking at a 50% income loss due to the cancelation of all festivals and events,” says Laura Ramos of Quill Hill Farm. “Working with Killington and VFFC on the ‘Farm-to-Trunk’ project has allowed us an outlet to sell a large volume of product and get it into the hands and mouths of local Vermonters that need it most. It is always wonderful to work with organizations like this that can navigate the distribution of local food systems – something that we desperately need more of in our community.”

This giveaway is going to be held this coming Thursday, September 3rd, from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. or until every last one of the 700 bags is placed into a person's car trunk, whichever comes first. A busy day to be sure, the event is going to take place at Killington's sister mountain, Pico Mountain. Those that are part of the local communities that could use the assist are welcome to attend.

Photo: A view of Pico Mountain looking from Killington Mountain - Credit: Mimicamilleri / CC BY-SA


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