Feeding Chittenden works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, Feeding Chittenden serves over 11,000 people each year.
In operation since 1974, Feeding Chittenden was launched as the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. This new organization was founded to help fight the hunger and food insecurity faced by households in our area. The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf initially operated a small pantry program that provided a three-day supply of groceries once per month.
In response to a growing need for hunger relief services over the years, our organization has relocated twice to larger sites, including its 1994 move into its current location. Following our latest move to 228 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf began serving a hot breakfast every weekday and expanding support and outreach services for our clients. In 1998, the Homebound Delivery Program was launched to help low-income, homebound seniors and disabled adults access our services.
In 2009, CEFS partnered with the Vermont Foodbank to operate the 1st session of Community Kitchen Academy (CKA). CKA was designed to address two critical needs: providing low-income Vermonters with professional culinary job training and job placement support, and providing high-quality, nutritious meals at no cost to food-insecure Vermonters.
In 2015, the Good Food Truck hit the road for the first time to expand healthy food access and critical outreach services to underserved, low-income communities throughout Chittenden County. This program now serves thousands of meals each year and provides outreach services throughout the area.
In 2018, CEFS embarked on a listening campaign to gather input on our future direction from our program participants, neighbors, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders. Through this campaign, we collected information on the changing needs of those we serve and our role in the broader community. Feedback from these sessions focused on our role as a source of food, community and opportunity for those we serve in Chittenden County.
In 2019, our organization changed its name to Feeding Chittenden to better reflect the varied work and advocacy we undertake to help all members of our community escape food insecurity and hunger.
We hope that you will join us as we fight hunger in our area and nurture connections to food, community and opportunity for those we serve.
By supporting Feeding Chittenden, you are making an investment in your community. With your continued support, we can bring about the change necessary to provide opportunities for those who need them most.