Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf (CEFS)

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. Relying on a broad base of community support to fund its programs, the Food Shelf strives to provide a wide variety of nutritional and easy-to-make food to those in need.

Job Summary: 

Here are some of the things you could do as a Food Shelf volunteer:

  • unload donations as they’re delivered
  • stock the warehouse shelves
  • prep food in the soup kitchen
  • help clients select their groceries
  • deliver groceries to homebound clients
  • pick up donations
  • help with mobile food pantry on Wednesday nights by prepping/packaging food
  • during warmer months, help with Good Food Truck meal prep on Tuesday nights
  • and much more!

Learn more by visiting their volunteer page:

The Food Shelf also houses a Sunday Breakfast where community volunteers, under direction of a coordinator, help to provide breakfast at the Food Shelf for between 40-70 guests. Sunday volunteers are needed from 8:30am – 11:00am to assist in preparing the meal, serving guests and cleaning up after the meal service. Please note that this is a busy kitchen environment not suitable for children under 16. Sign up here (updated link):

Contact Info: 

Anisa Potvin - - 802-658-7939 ext. 24

228 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington, 05401