UVM Health Network - CVMC hosts "Farm to Table" Benefit Dinner

Release Date: 
July 14, 2016

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps youth harvest onions at the farm in Richmond, Vt.

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps youth harvest onions at the farm in Richmond, Vt. near the West Monitor Barn.

Berlin, VT – The University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) are hosting the third annual Farm to Table dinner with support from the Hunger Mountain Coop on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond, Vt. The event benefits The Health Care Share, a farm-fresh food assistance program for community members in need.

“We believe that all members of our community deserve to have healthy food,” said CVMC Chief Operating Officer Nancy Lothian. “Working together we hope to make a real difference in the lives of the people in our community.”

This special event is one of several that raise money throughout the year for The Health Care Share (HCS). The HCS program allows providers to write a healthy food “prescription” for patients in the community. Each week of the growing season, nearly 600 people receive a share of vegetables, herbs and pasture-raised poultry from the farm at VYCC. In the off season, the CVMC program partners with the Vermont Foodbank’s Veggie VanGo mobile food shelf to provide healthy foods for food insecure community members all year long.

During the evening event, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps youth will lead a farm tour and share stories of their experience, while the five-course dinner will feature food from the VYCC farm prepared by Mike Kennedy, graduate of the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University and Food Service Manager at CVMC’s Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing. Entertainment will be provided by well-known singer, guitarist and songwriter, Dave Keller.

The event is made possible with the support of community sponsors, which include: Bates & Murray; Inc.; Superior Development, Ltd.; Unfurled Creative Floral Design; bevo Catering; Booth Bros. Dairy; Calmont Beverage; Zero Gravity.

The West Monitor Barn is located at 1949 E. Main Street in Richmond. Tickets are $50 per person and $90 for two. Advance tickets are available at Seven Days Tickets http://sevendaystickets.com/events/34868112/farm-to-table-benefit-dinner or by calling VYCC at (802) 434-3969 ext. 114.

About the University of Vermont Health Network

The University of Vermont Health Network is a five-hospital system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives.  The partners are: The University of Vermont Medical Center , The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center, The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital , The University of Vermont - Alice Hyde Medical Center. Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.

About the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit youth, leadership, service, conservation, and education organization that instills in individuals the values of personal responsibility, hard work, education, and respect for the environment. This is accomplished by using conservation projects as the vehicle for learning in an intense environment.