Feeding Chittenden is evolving from a Food Shelf to a Food Access Center, with the intent to reduce barriers for vulnerable Vermonters in need of assistance, including New Americans, Veterans, BIPOC communities, people experiencing homelessness, and children. Feeding Chittenden is helping to coordinate communities of practice around culturally responsive foods with the intent of introducing a more inclusive, human centered approach to food distribution. Our order-ahead online system will allow community members to go to our website, select the foods that best meet their needs, and then schedule a time to pick up groceries at our location in the Old North End or have them delivered right to their door. We are currently piloting this initiative with other programs within Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, our parent organization.
While our Food Shelf is our flagship program, we also operate the following programs and services:
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Packing fresh and nonperishable food items for grocery distribution
- Re-packing bulk items like coffee and fresh lettuce greens donated by our local farmers
- Helping to package orders and deliver food through our new Order Ahead program
- Assisting folks who are receiving groceries
- Helping to prep and distribute breakfast
- Delivering groceries to older adults and people with disabilities through our home delivery program
- Rescuing food from local grocery stores and delivering to Feeding Chittenden
- Hosting virtual and/or physical food drives
- Advocating for increased food access and food security
Learn more and access the required volunteer application by visiting their volunteer page: https://feedingchittenden.org
Note: Currently their volunteer shifts range from 2-4 hours, once a week. There are also opportunities to combine program duties. For example: one can do a food rescue run and work in grocery distribution after they drop it off.
Angela deBettencourt - firstname.lastname@example.org
228 North Winooski Avenue