School Food Pantry To-Go

A fresh food assistance program bringing more food to more families in need. 


The mission of the Vermont Foodbank School Food Pantry To-Go is to help alleviate childhood hunger in Vermont through the provision of food to children and their families at school. 


During April 2013, in an effort to ensure that more children in need have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, the Foodbank piloted the School Food Pantry To-Go at JFK Elementary School in Winooski. 


Through School Food Pantry To-Go—which is a national program of Feeding America and is being operated by a growing number of food banks throughout the country—the Foodbank is able to distribute 7,000 pounds of fresh produce twice per month on school grounds, thereby providing a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families. 


Over the course of 9 months, the Vermont Foodbank will distribute a total of 126,000 pounds of perishable product (primarily produce) to families in Winooski.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the Vermont Foodbank is working with the following schools to provide School Food Pantry:

  • Rutland Northeast Elementary School 
  • Rutland Northwest Elementary School
  • Molly Stark Elementary School, Bennington
  • JFK Elementary School, Winooski

Program Objectives

  • Provide fresh, healthy, nutritious food to food insecure children and their families for preparation and consumption at their place of residence. 
  • Distribute food respectfully, in an easily accessible, consistent and safe environment. 


School Food Pantry To-Go is supported by Procter & Gamble.  Your contributions also make this program possible.  Please consider giving to the Vermont Foodbank today.


For more information about this program, contact:

Jennifer Hutchinson

Youth Programs Manager and Network Partner Support


[email protected]



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