SWANTON – Franklin County struggles as one of the most economically depressed regions of Vermont – a fact only made worse by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shut-downs. But in spite of the hardships facing local residents, there are still signs of hope on the horizon. In effort to alleviate some of the burden, Northwest Healthy Roots Collaborative (HRC) will be receiving a $10,000 donation to help provide health, wholesome food to area food banks.
HRC is a food systems program focused on providing support to local growers, producers and consumers in the Cold Hollow area and nearby towns throughout Franklin and Grand Isle counties.
Local leaders are now working with Plumrose USA through the Hometown Strong Initiative to identify areas in the community in both immediate and long-term need.
In a statement acknowledging the effort, St. Albans Mayor, Tim Smith said in a statement, “I would like to thank Plumrose for their commitment to the Franklin County Community and not just for this incredible, generous Healthy Roots contribution but for all of their support for fundraisers they have done over the years for individuals and families in need, as well as Habitat for Humanity.”