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.

Meet the Food Shelf staff →

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The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf relies on a broad base of community support to fund its programs. We are funded primarily through the generosity of the local community with over 60% of donations coming directly from individuals, faith groups, local businesses and other community organizations. CEFS receives grants from The United Way, local towns and cities, as well as foundations.

Some of our major corporate, organizational and foundation donors include:

  • Vermont Foodbank
  • Argosy Foundation
  • Burlington Subaru
  • Ben and Jerry’s
  • Burlington Labs
  • City Market
  • Cheese Traders
  • People’s United Bank
  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • Healthy Living Market
  • IBM
  • The Kelsey Trust
  • LZ Francis Foundation
  • Myers Container Services
  • NBT Bank
  • Northfield Savings Bank
  • St. Michael’s College
  • Seventh Generation
  • Shelburne Supermarket
  • Tarrant Family Foundation
  • United Way of Chittenden County
  • Junior’s Italian
  • Coffee Enterprises
  • Baker Distributing
  • Switchback Brewing Company
  • Shelburne Vineyard
  • People Making Good Public Relations
  • ArtsRiot
  • Chase Moving & Storage

Hours & Location

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf
228 North Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401

Soup Kitchen:
6:30 am to 9:30 am Monday-Friday
8:30 am to 11am Sunday

Food Shelf:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday

8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday