Southern Vermont College Food Garden (SVCFG)

At A Glance

Contact: 

Colleen Little

Location: 

Bennington, Vermont

Primary Issue Area:

  • Food
  • Living Economies
  • Land & Water

Active since:

2012

Tax Status:

501(c)(3)

Core volunteers:

10

Community Size:

16,000

Our Purpose

Impact:The Southern Vermont College Food Garden (SVCFG) will create a sustainable, fresh and locally grown food source that will impact those in need in the Bennington Community.  Our campus will integrate with key partners in the community through our Philanthropy Project to provide learning and mentoring opportunities for students, while offering people in poverty better access to healthy food. Bennington is considered a Food Desert by the USDA using low income and low access guidelines.  SVCFG will sustainably fund our program on an annual basis by instituting a campus-wide recycling initiative, an on-going campus dinner series fundraiser and by creating a platform for residual food sales. We plan to manage the program within our academic divisions, specifically utilizing the SVC Business Club and student support networks.Mission: The SVC Philanthropy Project supports community-partnered initiatives that address local and regional areas of need.Vision: We provide support for initiatives that provide measureable impact for those in need with a focus on the younger generation and the impoverished. Our work will encourage community-partnered synergies and motivate students to understand and act within a philanthropic culture.Key Partners and Support:Southern Vermont College – land access, Business Division support, Clubs & Organizations support, recycling programThe Bank of Bennington – philanthropic funds match up to $5,000Youth Agricultural Project (YAP) Food Network – project supportZilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives - Williams CollegeFood Pantries, Shelters & Outreach Centers – examples Coalition for the homeless, HIS Pantry, Kitchen Cupboard, etc.The IDEA Fund – potential funding source or community partner