Statewide Resources for Vermonters
Farmers to Families Food Box program
Thanks to generous community support, the Vermont Foodbank is able to extend the Farmers to Families Food Box program into January and February, independent of the USDA.
In partnership with the Abbey Group, Farmers to Families food boxes will continue to be available at multiple daily food distributions throughout the state through February.
To keep wait times to a minimum, reservations will be required for the distributions. To register and see the dates and locations, please visit https://humanresources.vermont.gov/food-help or call 802-476-0316 for assistance.
New distribution dates and locations will be posted regularly –please continue to check back if you do not see the location or date you are looking for. January dates will be posted soon.
Each reservation will receive 1 box with about 30 lbs of food, including fresh produce, dairy products, and meat.
You are welcome to pick up food for other families who are not able to make it to the pickup site, just be sure to make a separate reservation for each household you would like to pick up for. Each reservation is for one box of food.
Hunger Free Vermont
Hunger Free Vermont is an excellent resource for Vermonter.
They regularly put together outreach materials and update their website to keep everyone in the loop with any important changes to school meal programs, 3SquaresVT, and other nutrition programs.
To check out their resources and learn how to stretch your food budget go here.
3SquaresVT – Boost your grocery budget to shop at your local grocery store, convenience store, farmers market, or online. Click here to learn more. For application assistance call 1-855-855-6181, or text VFBSNAP to 855-11
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If you are age 60 or older, call the helpline 1-800-642-5119 to reach your local Area Agency on Aging for personal assistance with 3SquaresVT, getting meals delivered to you at home, and more.
Age Well provides support and services for Older Vermonters (60+) including Meals on Wheels.
Call the HELPLINE for assistance: (800)642-5119
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is a federal nutrition program which offers free monthly boxes of staple foods to income-eligible adults over the age of 60. Learn more and apply here.
Find a food shelf near you
The Vermont Foodbank partners with 215 food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, homeless shelters and out of school programs across the state. Find a site near you.
USDA Meal Finder
Call 2-1-1 or visit the USDA Meal Finder to find their nearest location for meals for children 18 and under.
NOFA-VT Community Food Access Resources
Our friends at NOFA-VT have a helpful Community Food Access page which offers multiple ways can Vermonters can access to local food on a budget.
JUMP’s Flex Assistance Support (FAS) now offers $50 utility assistance as an option. Another safe and efficient means for eligible participants to pay utility bills, purchase groceries, transportation gas assistance, cleaning supplies, prescription co-pay and basic essential goods. Currently, JUMP is only able to help participants with proof of residency.
If you qualify, you may receive a $30 City Market card, $30 Hannaford card or $25 Shell gas card. Apply here.
Burlington Area Resources
The City of Burlington Food Access Resources
To get information about free and reduced food, financial assistance and well-being resources and more visit https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/covid-19/FoodAccessResources
Food Not Bombs
Winooski Mutual Aid
Winooski Mutual Aid (WMA) aims to bridge the gaps that established systems have left, and to make sure everyone in Winooski has the access to the resources they need.
Learn more by visiting: winooskimutualaid.org
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Mental Health Resources
COVID Support VT
COVID Support VT helps people cope with the pandemic through education, emotional support and connections to community services that promote resilience, empowerment and recovery. Visit their site.
Restaurant Community Resources
Vermont for Restaurants
VTIR and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the United Way of Northwest Vermont to offer the Working Bridges Resource Coordination Program to support our restaurant workforce.
An emerging coalition of over 180 Vermont restaurants and bars working together to build, connect, and inspire. Join and connect with others in the industry!
Join your regional chamber to access resources, programs, networking and marketing opportunities.
Technical assistance and state funding for community development based around designated downtowns. Check out your municipality’s downtown!
Resources for how to take care of ourselves and others during this uncertain time. Includes links to immediate support, therapy, and coronavirus information.
Compilation of restaurant-specific organizations and communities, crisis hotlines, mental health organizations and support groups.
COVID Support VT helps people cope with the pandemic through
education, emotional support and connections to community services that promote resilience, empowerment and recovery. View their coping tips.
24/7 Free and Confidential Resources Available by Phone
Pathways Vermont Peer Support Line : 833-VT-TALKS (888-2557)
Different from a crisis helpline or emergency hotline, call or text for mental health help and counseling for anything from the anger you feel after a bad day, to times when you feel alone, to when you need support for substance abuse, medical concerns, relationship challenges, or thoughts of suicide.
Statewide Helpline: Dial 2-1-1
Help with problem-solving and/or connecting you to government programs,
community-based organizations, support groups and available human services
including food, shelter and healthcare.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis support line for folks in immediate distress.
SAMHSA’s National Treatment Referral Helpline : 800-662-HELP (4357)
Provides 24-hour free and confidential referrals and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, treatment, and recovery in English and Spanish.
SAMSHA Disaster Distress Hotline : 1-800-985-5990 ; Text TalkWithUs or Hablanos to 66746
Provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster
Check with your insurer to see if you are already covered!
On-call counselors offering legal, financial advice, short-term counseling and referral, management consultation, wellness workshops and resource information. Affordable and well-worth the investment.
Buy local initiative to connect shoppers with Vermont-made gifts and products, as well as Vermont retailers, in six categories – wearables, craft beverages, specialty food, home goods, personal care and toys and books.
Fill out this form to help ACCD continue to assess the full impact of Covid-19 as we work toward additional recovery solutions.
Other Helpful Info
Guidelines on how to navigate employee and workplace safety with Covid-19 in an FAQ format.
Brief online trainings for safe reopening and delivery/takeout services.
Business resources and guidelines for Covid-19 funding and safe operation.
National Coalition of small restaurants uniting to affect legislative change and support one another.
Get a mentor! Mentors to ensure food and beverage professionals from all backgrounds, especially those who have historically faced difficulty finding and engaging with mentorship have support, knowledge, and resources to thrive.
Share with employees! Advocacy and action non-profit created by and for restaurant workers intending to make the industry more hospitable to everyone.
National Restaurant Association has a strong presence in Washington, D.C. and serves members by advancing and protecting the restaurant and food service industry with the goals to build industry influence, build industry image, and build industry engagement. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is the designated state affiliate for the National Restaurant Association.
Notes & News
December 7 National Restaurant Association Update
The National Restaurant Association is released a letter to Congress with the results of their latest survey on the economic health of the industry, and the findings are bleak:
- 110,000 restaurants nationwide are closed… 10,000 more since the last survey.
- 52% of former owners of shuttered restaurants say they will not return to the industry.
- 59% of owners report their costs are going up even as sales are going down.
- The average restaurant that is now permanently closed was in business for 16 years in the community.
For months, Congress has been trapped in a political tug-of-war while restaurants continue to go dark. A group of moderate Democrats and Republicans last week unveiled a compromise plan that has brought both parties back to the negotiating table. They are calling for a $909 billion relief bill, including a second round of Paycheck Protection Program grants, which with improvements could provide immediate assistance to restaurants.
Efforts in Washington to find the “perfect” solution are laudable, but the lack of progress in the meantime has led too many operators to give up on the government and close down for good.
Restaurants can make their voice heard: https://p2a.co/geabs1a December 7 Restaurant Update from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce