One of the core functions of the Vermont Foodbank is to provide fresh produce, shelf-stable food, and other products to our 215 network partners. Those network partners include food shelves, meal sites, senior centers and after-school programs. These agencies directly serve thousands of Vermonters annually, according to Hunger in America 2014.
Food is initially gathered from grocery stores, food manufacturers, farms, businesses, restaurants, individuals, the federal government and Feeding America (the national network of food banks). We also partner with Vermont farms and orchards to obtain more fresh, local produce through our Gleaning Program and Pick for Your Neighbor.
We distribute millions of pounds of food from our three regional distribution facilities. In addition to directly distributing food to network partners, we manage two federal food distribution programs: the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). We also distribute food through innovative distribution programs like BackPack and VeggieVanGo.