Essex, VT Community
New to the community? Need a meal or other help?
The community of Essex, VT and the State of Vermont are home to many food and social service groups for those in need of extra assistance, whether temporary or long-term. Please consider using this reference as a starting point for you or someone you know.
Food Pantries Serving Essex
Aunt Dot’s Place
Address: 51 Center Road, Essex
Hours: Tuesday, 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Thursday, 9:00am to 11:00am. Saturday, 10:00am to 12:00pm.
Essex CHIPS Youth Food Shelf
Address: 2 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction
Hours: Weekdays, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Essex Jericho Underhill Ecumenical
Address: 273 VT-15, Jericho
Hours: 3rd Saturday, 9:00am to 11:00am
Heavenly Food Pantry
Address: 39 Main Street, Essex Junction
Website: www.fccej.org/v5/SERVING-OTHERS/ HEAVENLY-FOOD-PANTRY
Hours: 2nd Monday, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. 4th Thursday, 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
Williston Community Food Shelf
Address: 400 Cornerstone Drive #130, Williston
Hours: Tuesdays, 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Thursdays, 9:00am to 11:00am. Saturdays: 9:00am to 11:00am.
Other Food Assistance
Address: 228 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington
Meals: Monday to Friday, 6:30am to 8:30am. Groceries: Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Essex Westford School District
Free & Reduced-Price School Meals
Free school meals for income eligible families.
Free Meal Program
Free meals for all children ages 18 or under. Children do not need to be present, no application or paperwork is required.
Hours: Monday through Friday. Maple Street Park & Pool Concession Stand, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Albert D. Lawton, 8:30am to 10:30am. Essex Elementary School, 9:30am to 11:30am. Westford School, 10:30am to 11:15am.
Farmers to Families
Provides registrants with 30lbs of fresh food.
Website: www.vtfoodbank.org/coronavirus-services- for-individuals
Food for Older Adults
Delivers free staple foods to local pick-up sites for income-eligible Vermonters age 60+.
Provides food for seniors, 50 years and older, through dinners and educational programs.
Shift Meals — Everyone Eats
Partnered with Mark’s BBQ to distribute food on Thursdays 12-4pm. Must pre-register online.
Food Not Bombs Burlington
Recovers food that would otherwise be discarded, and shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry.
Financial Support and Assistance
Economic Services Division
Helps income eligible Vermonters meet their needs. A few of their services are listed below.
3 Squares VT
Helps Vermonters buy food.
Supports households with children.
Farm to Family
Helps Vermonters buy fresh, local food.
Helps Vermonters pay their heating bill.
Helps Vermonters afford essential, live-in care.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Provides healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and nutrition education, counseling, and resources to income eligible Vermonters who are pregnant or caregivers of children under 5.
Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP)
JUMP provides assistance in the form of vouchers to pay utility bills, purchase groceries, transportation gas assistance, laundry, cleaning supplies, prescription co-pay and basic essential goods.
Financial Support and Assistance
Essex CHIPS — TeenLine
Warm line connecting youth and their families to information and resources.
Community Outreach Team
Social workers available to help community members with a variety of social service needs.
Website: www.howardcenter.org/mental-health/ community-support/#outreach
First Call Chittenden County
Phone support, crisis intervention and assessment, service referrals and connection to follow-up care available 24/7/365.
Website: www.howardcenter.org/first-call-for-chittenden- county/
Pathways Vermont Support Line
Warm line providing confidential, peer-to-peer support for adult Vermonters.
Website: www.pathwaysvermont.org/what-we-do/our- programs/vermont-support-line/
Spectrum Youth & Family Services
Supports youth through drop-in, housing, counseling, and health services.
Other Community Resources
Age Well Vermont Helpline
Provides expertise on a variety of issues for aging Vermonters.
Essex Community Justice Center
Offers many support services with restorative approaches to crime and conflict.
Essex Municipal Offices
Find municipal resources and updates.
Essex Westford School District Language Services
Provides oral & written translations for families.
English Language Learners
Supports students with other home languages.
Dial 2-1-1 to be connected to an extensive list of important community resources.
Vermont Department of Health
Prevention, testing, and vaccine information.
Vermont Department of Labor
Unemployment benefits and workplace safety.
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Center
Resources for businesses and individuals.
Want to Help? Many of these resources are frequently seeking volunteers or food/monetary donations. Reach out to them directly!
Updated May 2021. This guide is updated seasonally. If you have information or updates to add, please contact email@example.com