Roots 2019 raised $103,700 for the Vermont Foodbank’s Vermonters Feeding Vermonters Program!

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WHAT: Roots is a fundraiser presented by Cork, Strawberry Hill Farm, & Woodbelly Pizza, with the goal of 100% of proceeds from ticket sales going to the Vermont Foodbank’s “Vermonters Feeding Vermonters” program. After a successful inaugural event in 2018, we aim to surpass last year’s total amount raised of $62,000.

WHEN: Saturday, June 8 from 5-9pm

WHERE: Strawberry Hill Farm, 300 Meadow Lane, Stowe VT

WHY: Hunger is an issue that hits closer to home than most of us think. It’s present in our community and is a significant issue in neighboring communities. Our goal is to bring more awareness to this problem. No fundraising efforts toward this issue currently exist in Stowe.

DETAILS: ROOTS will be a walk around tasting event / cocktail party featuring natural wines from Cork, beer & cider from breweries around Stowe, and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 20-30 of the best restaurants and food producers in Vermont. Dave Wilkens and Molly Pindell have generously donated their fabulous Strawberry Hill Farm as the location of the event. We are committed to 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales going directly to the Vermont Foodbank. We are specifically donating the proceeds to a program called Vermonters Feeding Vermonters. The objective of the program is to increase the amount and quality of fresh, healthy food distributed to those in need by purchasing high quality fruits and vegetables directly from Vermont growers to distribute to Vermonters facing hunger. Roots is a zero waste event with no plates, cutlery, napkins or disposable cups. Each ticket holder will get a glass for drinking and a dish towel to use as a napkin. All of the garbage created at Roots 2018 fit into one small wine box!


According to the 2014 Hunger in America study completed by the Vermont Foodbank and Feeding America, there are 12 Foodbank network partners in Lamoille County. The Vermont Foodbank and these agencies provide food to 24.7% of Lamoille’s population. Other information from that study on Lamoille County:

·  Population: 25,082

·  Poverty rate (2009-2013): 12.6%

·  6,200 Lamoille residents visit a Foodbank network partner each year

·  63.3% of Foodbank clients in Lamoille report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities.


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Roots 2019 recap


The total cost for us to produce the event was $12,000. With the help of our generous sponsors, we were able to offset 100% of that number. When all was said and done, we ended up having $8,000 of sponsorship funds leftover, all of which was donated directly to the Vermont Foodbank!

The total amount raised in ticket sales and online donations was $34,300, all of which went directly to the Vermont Foodbank.

The total raised in DipJar raffle ticket sales & day of event donations was $11,400, all of which went to the Vermont Foodbank.

The total proceeds from the event raised from Roots 2019 added up to $53,700. Vermont Foodbank Donors matched $50,000 of this number, bringing the total donated to the Vermont Foodbank’s Vermonters Feeding Vermonters Program to $103,700!



We’d like to thank our generous sponsors who helped us kick off event production and bring our ideas for Roots 2019 to life. If you see the following individuals around town, please thank them for supporting Roots!

John & Nicole Steele

Nancy Tooley

Additionally, we’d like to acknowledge the following businesses who offered their support for Roots 2019. We are grateful to have these incredible businesses in our community and in our great state, and we hope you’ll support them as they’ve supported us!

The Alchemist

Ben & Jerry’s

Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate

Commodities Natural Market

Country Walkers

Darn Tough

Gordon Dixon Construction


Whistlepig Whiskey

We would also like to recognize the in-kind sponsors who donated various goods and services to make Roots a one of a kind event.
AJ’s Ski & Sport, Bear Pond Books, The Body Lounge, BunyaBunya, Burn Petit (band), Casella, Celebration Tent Rentals, Commodities Natural Market, Cork Wine Bar & Market, Country Store on Main, Darn Tough, Fleet Transportation, Foley Linens, Green Envy, Grow Compost, High Mowing Organic Seeds, In Company, P & P Septic, Peak Electric, Rick’s Firewood, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Skida, Strawberry Hill Farm, Stowe Kitchen Bath & Linens, Stowe Public House, Untapped, Ursa Major, Vermont Village, Von Bargens, The Xpress, and Yellow Turtle.

To our amazing vendors: this event would simply not be possible without your participation. The food & drink proved to be delicious with every bite & sip, and gave us the backbone with which to raise money for a worthy cause.

The Alchemist, Artisanal Cellars, Black River Produce,The Bench, Ben & Jerry’s, The Butchery, 802 Distributors, Elmore Mountain Bread, Farrell Distributing, KIS Kombucha, Laughing Moon Chocolates, Lost Nation Brewing, Michael’s on the Hill, Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Piecasso, Ploughgate Creamery, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, SelectioNaturel Imports, Susanna’s Catering, Stowe Cider, Sustainable Kitchen, Ten Bends Beer, Vermont Salumi, Vermont Wine Merchants, Village Wine Imports, and Woodbelly Pizza.

To our awesome volunteers: thank you for managing goody bags, setting up tables, creating signage, chopping firewood, parking cars, cleaning up, and more. We appreciate all of your hard work, and hope you had fun being part of this special event!

Many thanks to everyone on-site who successfully made Roots 2019 another zero waste event. The total amount of garbage from the event fit into one small trash bag. Everything else went to recycling or Grow Compost!

To YOU, our fantastic Roots supporters: your attendance at this event made a difference for our neighbors who are struggling daily with hunger. Because of you, we were able to give over $100,000 to the Vermont Foodbank. Children who would otherwise go hungry during summer break now will have food to eat. Your community members who are struggling to put food on the table to feed their families will feel a little less stressed this year, in part from your support. You are the Vermonters feeding Vermonters, and you should be proud.

Cheers & Gratitude,

Cork Wine Bar & Market, Strawberry Hill Farm, & Woodbelly Pizza