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

Volunteers help deliver meals to the homeless

Food Box Distribution Sites for 2021

Capstone is pleased to advertise the launch of the Vermont Food Bank's Full Plates VT. Full Plates VT will distribute food boxes at drive through style distributions throughout all fourteen counties in Vermont. The program is currently scheduled to run from June – September, 2021.

To keep wait times to a minimum, reservations will be required for the distributions. To register and see the dates and locations, please visit

or call 833-670-2254 for assistance. Registration begins May 24, 2021.  New dates will continue to be added to the registration website so please continue to check-back for new distributions.

Each reservation will receive fresh produce along with other fresh and self-stable products.

Each household must register for their own food box and self-certify that they make less than 300% the federal poverty limit:

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Add $378.33 for each person in household over 8 persons

If you are unable to attend the event in person you may register for a food box and designate a proxy individual to pick it up from the distribution.





Capstone's Food Distribution Center

We are Here to Help with nutrious food 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. In order to serve as many people as possible, we ask folks to limit their visits for their shelf stable and frozen food boxes to once every two weeks or twice a month.  Additionally, you may visit weekly to pick up a bag of fresh produce/bread.    

Our winter hours will be:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.;  Tuesdays (same hours) for access to fresh veggies and bread.  If you cannot come during this time due to work schedule or transportation barriers, please contact 802-479-1053 to arrange for a delivery or another accomodation.   

 As the pandemic slows down and vaccinations increase, we will continue to practice social distancing and mask wearing until further notice.   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. 



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. 

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

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:

Read our program announcement linked here.   


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 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

Recent Blog Post

Vermont Everyone Eats Announces 2 Million Meals Shared with Vermonters since September 2020! 

For Immediate Release: 10/22/20Jean Hamilton, Vermont Everyone Eats Program Coordinator,

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