Theresa Snow on farm

Courtesy photos Theresa Snow, executive director of Salvation Farms, works on the nonprofit’s gleaning program, which collects agricultural surplus and redirects it.

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation has awarded Salvation Farms its competitive capacity-building grant. This grant — $30,000 a year for three years — will help Salvation Farms implement its strategic plan and expand its capacity to deliver high-quality programs.

Rebecca Golden, director of programs for the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, praised the growth and effectiveness of Salvation Farms since it was founded in 2004.

Executive director Theresa Snow and the staff “have raised the awareness of on-farm food loss and its potential to serve the needs of the food-insecure across Vermont,” Golden said. “They are capturing the attention and interest of food waste, food security and workforce development advocates across the country with their innovative programs.”

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation awards only one multiyear capacity grant to a Vermont-based, statewide nonprofit each year. The organization’s work must “resonate with the foundation’s mission to further social justice, protect the environment, or support family farms and local food systems.”

Golden said the foundation was also impressed by Salvation Farms’ foresight about the organizational development work needed to get to the next level of its evolution, and the need to develop clear and well-thought-out plans to do so.

Information: salvationfarms.org.

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