Julia, photographed at Feeding Chittenden, has worked to get an online ordering system in place at the organization.

“We realized there were many people not accessing our services that could have been,” shares Julia of Feeding Chittenden, about early learnings from the new program. Feeding Chittenden spearheaded the development of the new ordering and delivery program, Online Market, and is coordinating with the other Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) Food Access Centers in Franklin and Addison counties. The Vermont Foodbank is one of more than a dozen organizations participating in the collaborative project.

“Vermont Foodbank staff were early thought partners as we looked to find a more loving and sustainable way to increase food access with more choice and less waste,” says Rob, director of Feeding Chittenden. The Foodbank also provided seed funding, through a community grant to develop technology for the online market that allows different charitable food locations to custom-tailor inventory available to participants. Your support is part of this collaborative effort that is expanding food access in Vermont.

An early example of the program’s success is a partnership with the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital. Using the system, medical staff can identify kids and families who would benefit from food resources and help them to enroll and set-up home delivery based on nutritional and personal needs and choice.

Capstone Community Action in Barre is the first partner to join CVOEO in using the new system to enroll participants. “When the pandemic hit, people were hesitant to come in person, but we knew they still needed food help, and we have a lot of transportation-insecure neighbors to serve as well,” says Liz of Capstone. “We are hoping that some of the folks who need delivery will be excited to use the new online order system so they can choose what they receive and reduce waste of foods  they might not eat.”

Feeding Chittenden shared that it has been inspiring to see groups come together with open minds to solve hunger during the pandemic, “We all want to do better — it has become a community movement,” says Julia.

  • Matthew works at Foodworks food shelf, one of the 353 community organizations that partners with Vermont Foodbank working towards a food-secure vermont.

  • Elysia lives in St. Johnsbury and is a community consultant for Vermont Foodbank. She brings her expertise to help improve services and increase access to food for folks in her community.

  • This month, we're celebrating you and those who've offered the Gift of Support and in so doing have joined us on the journey of creating a food-secure Vermont by sharing part of a recent interview with friend and neighbor Sara.