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.

Fresh Produce Tuesdays-with Census and 3SquaresVT assistance!

Fresh Produce Tuesdays are back all summer long at Capstone's Food Distribution Center, located behind the building to maintain safe distancing during Covid times.  And, when you pick up your farm fresh goodies, you will also have the opportunity to take the 2020 census (which is very important for continued funding of federal programs), and apply for 3SquaresVT to help you stretch your food purchase budget.  

If you would like to set up a time to meet with a Capstone representative who can help you apply for 3SquaresVT or fill out your 2020 Census, you can sign up SIGN UP HERE

For more information about filling out your census, call Eloise at 802-477-5118

Farm to Families Food Box Barre Distribution-July and August 2020

Beginning Friday July 10th, on Fridays in July and August, Capstone Community Action will be on site with Vermont Foodbank, Abbey Group, and the Vermont National Guard in a Barre City location to facilitate a localized Farm to Families Food Box distribution.  Families may reserve time slots between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through a state of Vermont registration portal which you can find Here.  Once you register for a time slot, you will be told the location of where to pick up the food.  Familes can receive sets of food for themselves and/or others who are unable to travel.  Sets include frozen chicken, 15-25 lbs of produce, 7.5 lbs of dairy and 3 gallons of milk.  You are not required to take everything in the set.  You will also have the opportunity to sign up for 3SquaresVT when you visit to pick up your food.  Advanced Reservation is required. 

Make your Reservation Here.





Chefs to Neighbors Summer Meals

Take a break from cooking and stop by Capstone for a delicious family meal prepared by experienced local chefs who are partnering with Capstone Community Kitchen Academy's Chef Joey Buttendorf to provide relief for families during this challenging time.  Sign up for a Monday or Wednesday in July and August to reserve your family meal, and pick it up on your assigned day between 9-12 or 1-3 on Mondays, or 9-12 and 1-6 on Wednesdays.  You can also apply for 3SquaresVT and take the 2020 Census when you come to pick up your meals.  Every day will have a different meal, so while we can't tell you what you'll be getting, we can guarantee that it will be delicous and nutritious and prepared by top-notch experienced Chefs.  To Reserve your family meal, call 802-477-5122 or reserve here: CHEFS TO NEIGHBORS

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.  If you want to save some time and fill out the form in advance, you can find the form below. Simply save the file to your computer and print it out and bring it with you, or send it to  


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.

If you have been financially affected by COVID due to job loss or reduced hours, you may be eligible for 3SquaresVT. 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. This summer, on Tuesdays beginning July 7th, you can visit Capstone's Distribution Center behind the building and pick up a bag of fresh produce, fill out an application for 3 squares, and complete the 2020 Census if you haven't already! To reserve a time, CLICK HERE.  Reservations not required.

Here's what you should bring with you when you apply for 3SquaresVT: 1. Names, Dates of Birth and SS#s for all household members (cards not required) 2. Proof of income such as Social security statement, Reach Up or paystub 3. List of monthly bills (utilities, rent or mortgage and property tax information if home owner, car payments 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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