Rutland Distribution Center
251 West Street
Rutland, Vermont 05701
The Vermont Foodbank is partnering with the Vermont Farmers Market Education Center on the development of the Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC), a regional food hub in Rutland, Vermont. The property currently houses the Rutland Winter Farmer’s Market and will be used as a food depot for more than 30 Foodbank network partners located primarily in Rutland County. The property is located on a main route to downtown Rutland, located in a lower-income area and within walking distance of the downtown’s core.
The Foodbank’s space—a 4,200 square foot section of a 14,000 square foot building—will be leased from the VFFC . Currently in a start-up phase, there are no services provided by the Foodbank as of yet. The Foodbank currently serves the 30 network partner agencies in this region from its Barre facility, making deliveries two times per month. Once this facility is ready for operation, these agencies will be able to pick up Foodbank product from this location more frequently and at their convenience during the week.
The Foodbank’s goal is to be fully operational at this location by summer 2013. Being fully operational means having the capacity to handle, store and distribute between 50,000 and 75,000 pounds of a variety of product monthly, including nonperishable items as well as perishable food items such as produce, dairy and meat. Until that time, we are committed to distributing shelf stable product (including government commodity food) to our network partner agencies from this location and growing our operation as we receive the necessary equipment. Beginning the initial stage of operation is contingent on building readiness.