• 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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Apr
1
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9:00 am One Bottle One Meal Benefits the Food Shelf
One Bottle One Meal Benefits the…
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – Jan 1 @ 9:00 am
One Bottle One Meal Benefits the Food Shelf @ Wild Oats Wines
Farrell Distributing and Wild Oats Wines has generously partnered with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf as a participant in the One Bottle One Meal program. [...]
Nov
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2:15 pm Mini Spa VT Food Drive! 5 Food Items for $5 Off Your Service!
Mini Spa VT Food Drive! 5 Food I…
Nov 7 @ 2:15 pm – Nov 30 @ 11:45 pm
Mini Spa VT will be offering a special discount throughout the month of November in support of the Food Shelf! For every 5 food items [...]
Nov
26
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10:00 am Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive at Costco
Feed Your Neighbor Food Drive at…
Nov 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us the day before Thanksgiving at Costco in Colchester for the Feed Your Neighbor annual food drive sponsored by the Vermont Federal Credit Union! This [...]
1:00 pm Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf will be providing a free thanksgiving dinner for the community on Wednesday, November 26th from 1pm to 3pm. We welcome [...]
Nov
27
Thu
10:00 am GMAA 37th Annual Turkey Trot 5k Race
GMAA 37th Annual Turkey Trot 5k …
Nov 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join us at the 37th Annual GMAA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! This awesome annual Thanksgiving tradition benefits the Food Shelf – Monetary and non-perishable donations [...]

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The Food Shelf Turkey Round-Up!

Turkey Round UP

Today’s Turkey Count: Still in need of 1,369!

The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf is asking the community to help provide 3,000 turkeys for food insecure families in Chittenden County.

Turkeys and donations can be dropped off at 228 North Winooski Avenue. We are also asking our community members to donate turkey fixings such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn and green beans. If you can’t make it down to the Food Shelf yourself, check out our Donate Now page on the website to make a monetary donation!

Hours for Turkey Donation Drop-off:
• Mondays through Fridays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
• November 21st, 24th, and 25th from 9:00am to 6:00pm
• November 22nd from 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Food Shelf:
• November 26th at 1pm

The Chip and Mary Hart Turkey Challenge!

Chip and Mary Hart have generously challenged the community to a turkey challenge! 

Chip and Mary have agreed to match every turkey that is donated to the Food Shelf! So for every 500 turkeys donated, Chip and Mary will make it 1,000 turkeys!

The Food Shelf is still 2,000 turkeys away from our goal of 3,000 turkeys! Please help us provide every family with a Thanksgiving meal by making a donation today!

Chip and Mary Hart have challenged the Food Shelf Turkey Round-Up!

Chip and Mary have generously promised to match 500 turkey donations received at the Food Shelf with another 500 turkeys! Doubling the donations!

Help us reach this matching challenge by donating today! The Food Shelf is currently in need of an additional 2,000 turkeys to reach our goal of 3,000!

Help us meet the Chip and Mary Hart challenge and provide every family with a Thanksgiving meal this holiday season!

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