Designed as a benefit for the Vermont Foodbank, the Harvest Festival was started by Sovernet to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Vermont. “In providing telecommunications services to Vermonters, we are learning about Vermont communities and their needs beyond Internet and phone service,” said Judy Eshelman, event coordinator and Sovernet’s Director of Customer Service. “The Harvest Festival had allowed us to help the Foodbank address the food needs of our neighbors.”
Now in its fourth year, the Harvest Festival has raised nearly $20,000 for the Vermont Foodbank. Previously held at Minard’s Pond, this year the festival will move to the Bellows Falls Farmers Market. “We wanted to give more prominence to the event and the Farmers Market seemed like a natural fit,” said Judy. This year’s event will highlight fruits and vegetables from the market as Foodbank chef David Moyer creates smoothies for event participants.
Bringing the event to downtown Bellows Falls has drawn interest from nearby businesses as well. “This year Sprockets Cycle Studio and Ripples Fitness Center are participating in the event,” said Eshelman. “Our hope is that more people will come out for the festivities, too.” And with something for everyone, there’s no reason not to stop by. Event-goers will be treated to a magician, jump-rope contest, spinning, fitness classes, live music by Red Fox Session Band, a 5K fun run, and a goat race, all starting at 4 pm.
And don’t forget it’s all for a good cause. The Vermont Foodbank, the state’s largest hunger relief charity, is seeing more people accessing their services. “This year, we are on target to distribute nearly eight million pounds of food to Vermonters in need,” said John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “With one in eight of our neighbors living in food insecure households, we all know someone who is hungry. And thanks to Sovernet, people have an opportunity to help those in need.” As in years past, all event proceeds are matched by Sovernet, up to $5,000.
For more information about Harvest Festival please visit www.sover.net.