PROGRAMS // FOOD RESCUE
Feeding Chittenden helps fight food waste and local hunger by rescuing over 1 million pounds of food every year.
Food waste is a major environmental issue, and up to 40% of all food currently produced in the US is never consumed. This represents a major waste of resources as much of this excess food is sent to the landfill. Food waste just doesn’t make sense when thousands of people in our area alone are facing food insecurity and hunger every day.
It’s important for us to help close that gap locally. We work to combat food waste and fight hunger in Chittenden County by working with a wide variety of partners - from co-ops and grocery stores to local farmers. Feeding Chittenden staff and volunteers hit the road every day Monday through Friday to gather perishable foods that would otherwise be wasted and make sure that these foods are diverted from the landfill.
Every month we pick up around 10,000 lbs. of edible, nutritious food from our community partners and use these donations to create nutritious meals that fight food insecurity and hunger in our community.
Volunteers are a crucial part of every program at Feeding Chittenden. The dedicated hearts and hands of the community help us complete the countless tasks that go into providing food for more than 11,000 people every year. As a Food Shelf volunteer, you’ll experience endless opportunities to learn, grow, and play a rewarding role in addressing hunger in your neighborhood.
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.