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VeggieVanGo

VeggieVanGoProviding fresh and healthy foods at schools and hospitals around Vermont

The Vermont Foodbank’s VeggieVanGo events promote health for Vermonters. VeggieVanGo events not only provide an opportunity for participants to bring home fresh produce, they also create a gathering place that offers support and conversations about healthy food. Our truck arrives with large bins of thousands of pounds of fresh food and, with the help of our amazing volunteers we provide produce to hundreds of families and individuals in need each month. Through this program we expect to distribute 2 million pounds of fresh food to our neighbors facing hunger this year.

Along with healthy, fresh food, VeggieVanGo provides education and outreach to improve food security. In partnership with our VT Fresh program we offer cooking demos, and taste tests of the vegetables available, paired with recipes and cooking tips. Our SNAP outreach team is also at the ready to assist participants with information about 3SquaresVT and provide application assistance.

VeggieVanGo at schools

Local schools are great places to engage with families at risk of hunger who might not be able to make it to a traditional meal site or food shelf for help. In 2017, the Vermont Foodbank will work with six schools to distribute fresh produce twice per month on school grounds, thereby providing an easy, accessible source of food for low-income students and their families. Our goal is to distribute more than 230,000 pounds of produce this school year.

Rutland Northwest Elementary

Bennington Molly Stark Elementary

Brattleboro High School

The St. Johnsbury School

Winooski Schools

Barre City Middle and Elementary school

*Sites are open to families and/or caregivers that have students within the school districts.

VeggieVanGo at HospitalsVeggieVanGo

VeggieVanGo deliveries facilitate improved health for Vermont families. In 2017, VeggieVanGo will regularly visit eight hospitals throughout Vermont, working with doctors and medical staff to identify patients and families who are experiencing hunger and “prescribe” fresh fruits and vegetables for a more nutritious diet.

Central Vermont Medical Center

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

Grace Cottage Hospital

Rutland Regional Medical Center

Southern Vermont Medical Center

Springfield Medical Care Systems

VA Medical Center

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

Mount Ascutney Hospital

* Please visit us at one of these sites if you have been referred by one of your health care providers or if you are a community member experiencing food insecurity. 

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