Vermont Foodbank and Vermont National Guard to Provide MREs to People Facing Hunger

The Vermont Foodbank and Vermont National Guard will distribute food to those in need at five different areas of Vermont beginning on Wednesday. These points of distribution will help ease demand on food shelves around that state that have seen a surge in demand.

The National Guard will set up and operate Points of Distribution (PODs) at state airports in Swanton, North Clarendon, Newport, Bennington, and North Springfield on separate days over the next two weeks. Those in need of food can go to these locations on the appointed days and receive a seven-day supply of Meals Ready-to-Eat (MRE) for each member of their household.

“The Vermont Foodbank has seen a 30 to 100% increase in the number of people in need of food assistance due to COVID-19. This is straining the capacity of the charitable food system and these points of distribution will help get additional meals to people while taking some pressure off our network of food shelves and meal sites.” Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles said.

Those who are ill, have been advised to quarantine, or lack transportation can send a friend or relative to pick up meals for them. Those picking up food can come to the location nearest to them, open their trunk, and the appropriate amount of food will be loaded by members of the Guard.

Dates and locations (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day):

  • Wednesday, April 22, Franklin County Airport, 629 Airport Road, Swanton
  • Friday, April 24, Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport, 1002 Airport Road, North Clarendon
  • Wednesday, April 29, Hartness State Airport, 15 Airport Road, North Springfield -please note the date change
  • Thursday, April 30, William H Morse State Airport, 1563 Walloomsac Road, Bennington -please note the date change
  • Friday, May 1, Northeast Kingdom International Airport, 2628 Airport Road, Newport -please note the date change

The need for supplemental distribution is being assessed on a week-by-week basis. Supply chains are strong to food shelves and Vermont grocery stores are not experiencing shortages in most food items.

Please visit our MRE Event Listings for location maps and contact information.


Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network of more than 300 community partners – food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. Food insecurity has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic, economic disruptions, and recent flooding. The Vermont Foodbank and its network have been on the front lines, working to ensure that everyone has the food they need to maintain their health. Last year, the Vermont Foodbank provided over 12 million pounds of food to people throughout Vermont. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.