November 17, 2020
Thanksgiving 2020 with Feeding Chittenden

Thanksgiving will look different for each of us this year, but Feeding Chittenden is committed to providing food assistance and resources to our community this holiday season.  Our primary goal is to maintain the health and safety of recipients, volunteers, partners, and staff.

Since the onset of COVID-19, Feeding Chittenden has  seen a 38% increase in community members seeking assistance, including people who have become newly unemployed. As we enter the winter months, the pandemic continues to take a toll on our community, and the holidays are quickly approaching.


You do not need to bring an ID, utility bills, or pay stubs. We will ask some basic questions to get started

If you need to pick up food for someone who is unable to come to Feeding Chittenden please contact Edi Abeneto at (802)658-7939 ext. 23

We will begin handing out frozen turkeys and Thanksgiving sides beginning Wednesday November 18th at 10 am

We will be providing a to-go Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday November 25th.

Thanksgiving food boxes will be available November 18th – November 25th from 10:00am – 3:00pm 


We need your help to feed 3500 families this holiday season! A donation of 25$ will provide a meal for a family of four. 

We’re encouraging people to practice social distancing and ensure the safety of our community by donating via our Virtual Food Drive. 
You can make a contribution through our Virtual Food Drive today, and fill a virtual shopping cart with the items we need most –all without leaving your home. The products in the Virtual Food Drive are intended to be representative of the types of product that will be purchased with your gift this holiday season.

We are able to purchase food at wholesale rates and below – this is much lower in cost than retail prices in the local supermarket.

If you are still looking to donate food please bring your donations to our 228 N Winooski Ave location.


Below, we have provided answers to questions regarding COVID-19.

1. Is Feeding Chittenden still open and continuing its daily operations?

Yes, Feeding Chittenden is still open and continuing to serve community members. Below are our hours of operation:

Monday – Friday Hours for Community Members Seeking Food Assistance:

  • Prepared meal pick up – 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Grocery pick up – Monday, Wednesday, & Friday – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

2. Is Feeding Chittenden still accepting volunteers?

In order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Feeding Chittenden is currently accepting a limited number of volunteers on-site. For more information, please visit our volunteer page, or contact Angela deBettencourt, our Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator, at (802)658-7939 ext 24 or

3. What is Feeding Chittenden doing to reduce contact and/or the spread COVID-19?

Feeding Chittenden is committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers, partners, and recipients. We are closely monitoring announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that we are following their recommended guidelines.

Feeding Chittenden is also taking the following proactive steps to help reduce contact and/or the spread of COVID-19:

  • Requiring masks
  • Enforcing hand-washing with soap for 20 seconds rinsing with hot water.
  • Providing gloves to all volunteers
  • Making hand sanitizers available throughout the building
  • Advising staff and volunteers to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Advising all recipients, staff, volunteers, network partners, and donors to stay home if they display signs of illness and to seek medical attention as recommended by the CDC

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the Vermont Department of Health website.