Food & Nutrition Programs

Want to keep nutritious food on your family's table? Our food and nutrition programs support healthy eating and food access for all and our food shelf features delicious meals prepared from rescued food through our Community Kitchen Academy workforce development program.

Capstone's Food Distribution Center

We are Here to Help with Food, Face Coverings, and other Household Supplies

Located at 20 Gable Place in Barre, a partnership with the Vermont Foodbank provides this site with access to a variety of staples, canned goods, dairy products, eggs, some meats, and fresh produce in season. And we also have plenty of face coverings to protect you when you're out on the town.  In order to serve as many people as possible, we ask folks to limit their visits to once every two weeks or twice a month.  Hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-12 noon and 1:00-3:00 p.m.  

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have modified how we serve you.  Please drive to the back of the building and our food shelf staff will set you up with pre-bagged food to last 3-4 days, including fresh and frozen foods, shelf stable items, seasonal produce, and delicious packaged home cooked meals made by the staff of our Community Kitchen.  If you have never visited our shelf, please know it is here for you and your family during these uncertain economic times.  All we ask is that you complete a one-time short intake form either on the phone or in your car, so that we can track the number of families and towns we are serving.  

Community Food Shelves are an important resource helping to feed seniors, working families with children, people with limited resources, those who are home bound or homeless, and now those families who have been financially affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  There are a number of additional food shelves and community food sites located in central Vermont. Information for individual sites can be found in the link below.  Be sure to call ahead to check on times and dates.

Vermont Foodbank food shelf locator site:

Private donations of food items and gifts of cash help support our efforts, defray costs of food purchases. And allow us to keep our doors open.

To find out how you can help with a donation or by volunteering your time, contact a food shelf that serves your community.  Links are below:




3SquaresVT is a federal USDA program (formerly called “food stamps”) that can help stretch your food budget so you can put three healthy meals on your table every day.

Income eligibility guidelines have changed and more Vermonters can now get help. For example, working families who get the Vermont Earned Income Tax Credit can qualify, and monthly benefits average over $200 per month for families with children, saving you money on your grocery bills. You may also be eligible if you’re a senior, have a disability or simply have limited resources, or are someone who is home bound or homeless.

The best way to find out if you are eligible is to apply, so call or visit the Capstone Community Action office nearest you. We can help with the forms and application process. You can also go to to apply online. Eat healthy with a little help from 3SquaresVT!

Farm to Family Coupons

Farm to Family Coupons will help you buy fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables at participating Famers’ Markets.

In partnership with the Vermont Department for Children and Families, Capstone distributes Farm to Family coupons each year. You may be eligible if your household income is up to 185% of the federal poverty level; families who receive WIC benefits through the Vermont Health Department are also eligible.

Coupon distribution begins in late June and is done on a first come, first served basis until all the coupons are gone. For more information, contact your local Capstone Community Action office.

Community Kitchen Academy

The Community Kitchen Academy (CKA), a partnership between the Vermont Foodbank and Capstone Community Action, helps under- and unemployed Vermonters for a career in the food service industry through an intensive culinary skills development, career readiness and job placement training.

When they graduate, students are ready for a job in the food service industry.  They have developed valuable life and professional skills including goal establishment, résumé writing, interviewing skills, conflict management, and budgeting.   

In addition to the training, CKA performs another important function: rescuing produce, meat and other foods that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, local farms, and food service companies, and transforming it into nutritious, easy to prepare meals that are vacuum sealed, frozen and distributed through food shelves and meal sites.    

Check out the Community Kitchen Academy’s website at for more information!

Contact Us at the Food & Nutrition Programs

For more information on our Food and Nutrition programs contact Tina Silva at our food shelf at (802) 477-5172 or

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