Ben and Jerry’s staff choose and present Local Hero awards to individuals in their home communities who, through a one time or long term act, embodies the core principles of Vermont Manufacturing including Linked Prosperity, Social Justice, and Community Service. David Fitzgerald, Ben & Jerry’s Training Front Line Manager states “Theresa’s efforts in the local community with work through Salvation Farms and the Vermont Commodity Program demonstrate her compassion and passion for managing surplus agriculture products. The output of the Vermont Commodity Program, based in Winooski, is addressing needs within the state to provide training to those who would be considered unemployable due to lack of skills while providing Vermont produce to food shelves and institutions through the region. Ben & Jerry’s is proud to recognize the efforts Theresa is so humble about.”
Robert Carter, Front Line Manager at the Waterbury Plant presented the award to Theresa in the presences of more than twenty Ben & Jerry’s employees. In a follow-up letter Robert shared that “we have nominated you for the efforts on a few fronts. Leading an effort in gleaning, starting a Vermont Commodity Program and establishing a training program for those who would be considered unemployable in most settings. The program is utilizing product from gleaning efforts to train people on inspecting, grading, and packaging vegetables and fruits for use in an institutional setting. This is a true win/win for communities.”
For Theresa, it is an incredible compliment to have her dedication to building Salvation Farms work and to serving Vermont recognized by one of Vermont’s finest, socially responsible businesses.
For more information about Theresa and Salvation Farms visit www.salvationfarms.org. Photo Caption: Theresa Snow, Salvation Farms Executive Director, accepts Ben & Jerry’s Local Hero Award from Robert Carter, Front Line Manager. Salvation Farms Director receives Ben and Jerry’s Local Hero Award.