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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you looking to find ways to help your community?   Our foodshelf is in need of volunteers to help with preparing food bags, unloading trucks, and other tasks to keep our food shelf running during Covid times. Volunteers are required to complete an application and a background check before volunteering.  For more information, contact Eloise at ereid@capstonevt.org

Volunteers help deliver meals to the homeless

Farm to Families Food Box Barre Distribution-October

The Vermont Foodbank’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program is launching its third phase of distribution starting in October.  Farmers to Families is a federally funded program that was created as part of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The USDA funds distributors from around the country to source, pack, and distribute boxes full of fresh foods; including produce, dairy, and meat products.  To register for a pick up day and location,visit the state of Vermont registration site HERE

 

 

 

 

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 tsilva@capstonevt.org  

 

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: https://www.vtfoodbank.org/agency-locator

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:

 

 

Everyone Eats

Everyone Eats provides nutritious meals to Vermonters in need of food assistance as well as a stabilizing source of income for Vermont restaurants, farmers, and food producers. Vermont Everyone Eats is funded by the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and made possible through a grant provided by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to Southeastern Vermont Community Action. 

To order meals for you and your family through one of our Barre, Rochester, or Johnson distribution sites, go to: shiftmeals.org/everyone-eats/

Capstone Community Action is serving central Vermont. To find another distribution site near you, go to www.vteveryoneeats.org and select Find A Meal.  You can also review the map.

You can also register using the Google enrollment form:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdSd6Qobiauxfh6TZk3GGsVS21fTqAqlaNVkfN14BCqAdmsA/viewform

Vermonters can also download digital vouchers to be used in participating restaurants from the Vermont Everyone Eats Digital Voucher app, created by Localvore – a Vermont tech company.  For information about Everyone Eats Digital Vouchers visit: www.localvorepassport.com/everyone-eats/

Read our program announcement linked here.   

3SquaresVT

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  the Capstone Community Action office nearest you. We can help with the forms and application process. 

Here's what you should have ready 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 https://dcf.vermont.gov/mybenefits 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.

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 tsilva@capstonevt.org.

Recent Blog Post

For Immediate Release: 10/22/20Jean Hamilton, Vermont Everyone Eats Program Coordinator, SEVCAVEE@sevca.org

 Press ReleaseContact: Yvonne Lory, ylory@capstonevt.org/477-5123

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