The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf
The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. CEFS serves over 12000 people each year. 658-7939
Commodity Supplemental Food Program
The VT Foodbank warehouses, packs, and delivers 31-pound packages of commodity food to income eligible seniors, mothers and their children, once per month at distribution sites all across Vermont. Currently, the monthly caseload for this program is approximately 5,000 people.
Homebound Grocery Delivery
In order to address hunger relief for populations with mobility issues, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf runs a Homebound Delivery program to serve senior citizens and people with disabilities. Each month, staff and volunteers deliver a five-day supply of groceries to homebound clients, providing them with food and a much welcome visit. We currently serve 150 households through the Homebound Delivery program.
The Good Food Truck is designed to use the power of healthy meals and good food to help people who are hungry, create opportunities for people who are under- or unemployed, and unite the community around the fight against hunger. The Good Food Truck brings free meals and a fun, festive atmosphere to our hungry and food insecure neighbors using a 16-foot food truck that is fully equipped to cook and serve meals on the road. The Good Food Truck provides meals from June through November at partner organizations and meal sites throughout Chittenden County with a goal of providing 120 days of free meals per year. Clientele of the Good Food Truck who have a household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty line are eligible for these free, nutritious meals featuring globally inspired flavors and local ingredients.
Hunger Free Vermont is an education and advocacy organization with the mission to end the injustice of hunger and malnutrition for all Vermonters.
Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP)
JUMP operates a drop-in emergency assistance center, open weekday mornings and offering: Hospitality and spiritual care, which for us means a cup of coffee, snacks, and compassionate and friendly staff who listen, support, problem-solve and make referrals to other agencies as needed. Financial assistance with basic needs through vouchers at local businesses. Vouchers can be used for food, gasoline, bus passes, Laundromat use, identification, utility payments, and medication. Take-away items based on family size such as food, toiletries, household cleaners and baby care items. Vouchers for used clothing and household goods at local thrift stores, membership at Opportunities Credit Union, informed referrals to other services, and free books for children and adults (including spiritual support books from many faith traditions and non-religious support books).
Salvation Army Friendly Kitchen
Meals are offered to anyone in need Monday – Saturday at 5:00-6:00. The meals are free and open to all. Meals are often prepared by groups, churches, companies and individuals; bringing food or preparing on site. Preparation time usually begins at 4p.m. For more details or to participate please call 802-864-6991
Spectrum Drop In
Our Drop-In Center is a safe and welcoming place for young people ages 14-24 to eat a meal, use a computer or phone, do laundry, get clothing, take a shower, and get other basic needs met. We serve lunch and dinner every weekday at 12 and 5pm
The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf operates the county’s foremost soup kitchen. We are open to the entire community, serving a hot meal every day, Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 9:30am, Sunday morning from 10:00am to Noon and Sunday evening from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Our Sunday morning meal is offered through a partnership with the University of Vermont’s Campus Kitchen project. Students rescue food through the UVM dining system and prepare the meal on-site in the CEFS kitchen.
The Learning Kitchen
The Learning Kitchen classes are designed to improve food security for families with limited budgets. In a series of six lessons, participants engage in hands-on cooking and nutrition education activities that focus on balancing and planning meals, stretching food dollars to maximize nutrition, shopping strategies and cooking techniques. Classes are taught by area chefs and trained nutrition educators.
3SquareVT (FOOD STAMPS)
3SquaresVT helps Vermonters stretch their food budgets and put three square meals a day on their tables. With a new name and expanded eligibility, more Vermonters than ever may qualify for 3SquaresVT. 3SquaresVT is a federal USDA program administered in Vermont by the Department for Children and Families, Economic Services Division – putting healthy food within reach.
WIC ( women, infants and children)
WIC helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC is the Federal “Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.”