Farmers to Families Food Distribution
The Farmers to Families food box program has been extended through the end of the year. Farmers to Families food boxes are available at multiple daily food distributions throughout the state.
To keep wait times to a minimum, reservations will be required for the distributions. To register and see the dates and locations, please visit https://humanresources.vermont.gov/food-help or call 802-476-0316 for assistance.
Each reservation will receive 1 box with about 30 lbs of food, including fresh produce, dairy products, and meat.
You are welcome to pick up food for other families who are not able to make it to the pickup site, just be sure to make a separate reservation for each household you would like to pick up for. Each reservation is for one set of food.
This program will likely end at the end of December, so we encourage people utilizing it to look into other resources for the new year. There are many excellent programs that can help, please see below for more resources to help with food access during this time.
The Foodbank is taking all measures possible to ensure we can be there to help people access food during this challenging time. If you or someone you know is in need of help getting food, we can help. The following list will help you access food and programs that best fit your needs.
3SquaresVT – Has your household lost pay? Have your childcare expenses increased? 3SquaresVT is here for you and your family. You could be eligible to receive a 3SquaresVT benefit or increase the benefit you already receive. We can help you apply. Visit our 3SquaresVT page, email email@example.com, call 1-855-855-6181 or text VFBSNAP to 85511
CSFP – The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a federal nutrition program which offers free monthly nutrition information and nutritious foods to income-eligible older adults.
Find a food shelf – The Vermont Foodbank partners with 215 food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, homeless shelters and out of school programs across the state. Find a site close to you through our food shelf listings.
VeggieVanGo – We are working closely with our school and hospital partners to ensure that we can still provide food in communities during closures in ways that doesn’t promote the spread of virus. Please contact the site of your local VeggieVanGo for details about VeggieVanGo in your local community.
Additional Community Resources
2-1-1: The Vermont 2-1-1 database contains detailed descriptions of programs and services available to Vermonters that are provided by local community groups, social service and health-related agencies, government organizations, and others.
School Meals: This school year, meals are available for kids through local schools, no matter where your child is learning. Meals are also available through some childcare providers. These meals are nutritious and are prepared following strict health and safety guidelines. Contact your child’s school or childcare provider to learn more! If you’re asked to complete a school meal application, please fill it out. Filling out the application helps our communities run meal programs throughout the year and helps make sure schools can get important federal funding.
WIC: Vermont WIC is open and most services are being done by phone appointment to align with social distancing efforts. We have also temporarily expanded our food list to add options for some hard to find items. Check the expanded food list to see what has been added. Please visit our website or text VTWIC to 855-11 to apply. To connect with WIC in your area, visit www.healthvermont.gov/local. We will continue to provide breastfeeding support, nutrition education, and community referrals. If you are pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, a caregiver or parent with a child under five you may be eligible for WIC.
Vermont WIC website links:
Home page: https://www.healthvermont.gov/family/wic
Apply to WIC: www.healthvermont.gov/applytowic
Local WIC clinic page: www.healthvermont.gov/local
Temporary Expanded foods list (COVID-19): https://www.healthvermont.gov/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/WIC_expanded_food_covid19.pdf
Meal Programs for Older Vermonters: People age 60 and older are especially encouraged to stay at home in order to protect themselves from COVID-19, but staying well-nourished is also critical for your health. To help, you may be able to pick up meals to go or have meals delivered to your home. For more information about meals for older adults, please call the Helpline at 1-800-642-5119.
If you have further questions, please call the Vermont Foodbank at 1-800-585-2265.