Fresh Food Initiatives

The Vermont Foodbank is committed to improving access to fresh healthy produce for Vermonters who need food assistance.  In addition to our Food Distribution Program, these five programs focus on fresh, local produce.


VT Fresh

VT Fresh increases client access to fresh fruits and vegetables by offering cooking demonstrations and taste tests at food shelves. The program also grows food shelf capacity to stock fruits and vegetables. Learn more about VT Fresh.


Gleaning Program

Gleaning is the act of harvesting excess or unmarketable produce from a farm. This allows the Foodbank to gather and distribute as much as 400,000 pounds of fresh, local produce each year throughout the state. Learn more about gleaning.


Pick for Your Neighbor

During apple harvest season, citizens and companies are encouraged to visit a participating orchard to pick and purchase extra apples for donation to the Foodbank.  Find an orchard and Pick for Your Neighbor.


Vermont Fresh: A Fruit and Vegetable Handbook

This Handbook contains information on over 40 fruits and vegetables, their nutritional value, growing and preparation tips, storage advice and recipes. Download or read from the Vermont Fresh Handbook.  

Vermont Foodbank Fresh Food  


For more information, contact:

Michelle Wallace

Director of Community Health and Fresh Food Initiatives


[email protected]

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