The Town of Killington, Killington Resort, and Castleton University’s School of Resort Management will host a grocery giveaway on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
This project is an extension of a GoFundMe page set up by Killington resident Pamela Martin. At the time of publication on Tuesday, $9,845 had been raised, $5,000 of which will help stem food insecurity in Killington and the surrounding areas.
Killington Select Board member Jim Haff reached out to Castleton University and Killington Resort to brainstorm ways to support area communities. Using funds raised through the Killington Strong GoFundMe page, the Town of Killington will work with Killington Resort to purchase food at bulk rates.
“We are extending the value of each dollar donated,” said Jim Haff. “Because of the relationships the Resort has built with local farmers, we are able to purchase two to three times the food we would on our own. Plus, they are working with local farmers to help alleviate their surplus.”
The value per bag was well over $100, Haff said.
The grocery giveaway organized by the town of Killington will occur at Castleton Lodge in Killington, formerly the Butternut Inn, at 63 Weathervane Drive, in Killington. All residents and employees local to Killington and the surrounding area are welcome. Please check Facebook.com/onekillington for additional information about pickup times.
This effort is made possible because of the generous donations of many individuals. “Clearly there’s a need and we need all the support we can,” said Haff. “Plesae be as generous as you are able it you’re in a position to donate at this time.”
For those wishing to donate to this effort, please make checks out to Town of Killington with “Killington Relief Fund” in the memo line. Send checks to Town of Killington, PO Box 429, Killington, VT 05751.
The Sherburne United Church of Christ, also known as the Little White Church, located at 4173 Route 4 in Killington, has a food pantry with non-perishable foods that is continuing to provide support for families in need. The pantry has nonperishable food, paper goods, cleaning supplies and gift cards. For those in need, reach out to Nan Salamon at 802-422-9244 or Ron Willis at 802-422-3843 to schedule a time to visit the pantry.