• Volunteer at the Food Shelf
    Volunteer at the Food Shelf
    Volunteers are a crucial part of every program at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. The dedicated hearts and hands of the community help us complete the countless tasks that go into providing food for more than 12,000 people every year.
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  • Community Kitchen Academy
    Community Kitchen Academy
    Community Kitchen Academy is a Vermont Foodbank culinary job training program operated at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. To prepare students with the culinary skills necessary to secure jobs in the food service industry, the professional Chef Instructor delivers a proven curriculum.
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  • Homebound Grocery Delivery
    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.
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About Us

The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, CEFS serves over 12,000 people each year. With your continued support, we can bring about the change necessary to provide opportunities for those who need them most.

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The Good Food Truck


At the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, our mission is to feed people and create opportunities. And that focus lead us to an innovative idea. Our vision was to create and sell tasty food to those who can more easily afford it, from a food truck, and to use that money so that we can create and deliver free meals to those who need it most. From the very same truck. And we called it the Good Food Truck!

The Good Food Truck delivers free meals to low income community members every week from June through November at partner organizations and meal sites throughout Chittenden County. Customers of the Good Food Truck who have a household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty line are eligible for these free, delicious meals featuring globally-inspired flavors and local foods. Our goal this season is to provide 120 days of free meals to low income Vermonters.

When the Good Food Truck is not delivering free meals to low income community members, we are generating the money needed to keep that effort going. Throughout the “Food Truck” season, we operate as a typical food truck. We sell entrees, desserts, drinks and snacks from a fixed-price menu. 100% of the money we generate as a food truck goes towards providing free meals to low income Vermonters.

To learn more about The Good Food Truck, please visit goodfoodtruckvt.org! You can also make a donation today by clicking Donate Now on your screen!

The Great Turkey Round-Up

Turkey Round UP

Hours for Turkey Donation Drop-off:

Mondays through Fridays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

November  18th – 20th  from 9:00am to 6:00pm

Saturday, November 21st  from 10:00 am to 4:00pm

Thanksgiving Dinner at the Food Shelf:

Wednesday, November 25th at 1pm

Turkey Give-Away:

November 16th from 11:00am to 4:00pm