Our flagship program is our food shelf, where we provide a monthly five-day supply of groceries to families in need. We also offer fresh produce and bread five days per week.
Beginning in the summer of 2015, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf launched an innovative new program, the Good Food Truck. 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.
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.
For over 20 years, our Sunday evening meal has been made possible through a partnership with the University of Vermont Food Salvage Program. 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.
Community Kitchen Academy is a Vermont Foodbank culinary job training program operated at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Each 14-week session of Community Kitchen Academy contains 10-12 students. To prepare these students with the culinary skills necessary to secure jobs in the food service industry, the professional Chef Instructor delivers a proven curriculum that was developed by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
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.
Brown Bag Lunch
Our annual summertime Brown Bag Lunch program targets children coming from low-income families. These children receive free lunches and other school based food assistance during the school year. Our program fills a need during school vacation so the families that depend on school food assistance will not be left without options. Using fresh fruits and vegetables donated by the Burlington, VT Intervale Center’s Healthy City Gleaning Project, children receive a well-balanced brown bag lunch that keeps them full and active throughout the day.
Project Angel Food
Project Angel Food rescues prepared food from local supermarkets and delivers that food directly to a variety of social service agencies and feeding programs. The Food Shelf facilitates this program with volunteer hours and existing coalitions with other community hunger relief programs.
Anne’s Clothing Corner
CEFS also houses a volunteer-run clothing corner in our facility. Clothing items are collected from the community by a volunteer and made available to our guests free of charge. If you would like to make a clothing donation, please contact Anne Corley at (802) 864-6316.
In addition, another volunteer, Cecilia Plum, offers her sewing experience to our guests free of charge. She visits us twice a month and mends damaged clothing for anyone who needs it.