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Essex, VT Community
Resource Guide

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

Contact: 802-662-5614


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

Contact: 855-273-8336


Hours: Weekdays, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Essex Jericho Underhill Ecumenical

Address: 273 VT-15, Jericho

Contact: 802-899-3932


Hours: 3rd Saturday, 9:00am to 11:00am

Heavenly Food Pantry

Address: 39 Main Street, Essex Junction

Contact: 802-878-5745


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

Contact: 802-735-6303


Hours: Tuesdays, 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Thursdays, 9:00am to 11:00am. Saturdays: 9:00am to 11:00am.

Other Food Assistance

Feeding Chittenden

Address: 228 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington

Contact: 802-658-7939


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.

Contact: 802-857-7333


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.

Contact: 802-857-7333


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.


Vermont Foodbank

Farmers to Families

Provides registrants with 30lbs of fresh food.

Contact: 802-476-0316

Website: for-individuals

Food for Older Adults

Delivers free staple foods to local pick-up sites for income-eligible Vermonters age 60+.

Contact: 1-800-214-4648




Provides food for seniors, 50 years and older, through dinners and educational programs.

Contact: 802-864-7528



Shift Meals — Everyone Eats

Partnered with Mark’s BBQ to distribute food on Thursdays 12-4pm. Must pre-register online.

Contact: 802-662-4381



Food Not Bombs Burlington

Recovers food that would otherwise be discarded, and shares free vegan and vegetarian meals with the hungry.

Contact: 802-793-8851


Financial Support and Assistance

Economic Services Division

Helps income eligible Vermonters meet their needs. A few of their services are listed below.

Contact: 1-800-479-6151



3 Squares VT

Helps Vermonters buy food.

Reach Up

Supports households with children.

Farm to Family

Helps Vermonters buy fresh, local food.

Fuel Assistance

Helps Vermonters pay their heating bill.

Essential Person

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.

Contact: 1-800-649-4357



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.

Contact: 802-862-4501


Financial Support and Assistance

Essex CHIPS — TeenLine

Warm line connecting youth and their families to information and resources.

Contact: 855-273-8336



Howard Center

Community Outreach Team

Social workers available to help community members with a variety of social service needs.

Contact: 802-488-7778

Website: 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.

Contact: 802-488-7778

Website: county/


Pathways Vermont Support Line

Warm line providing confidential, peer-to-peer support for adult Vermonters.

Contact: 833-888-2557

Website: programs/vermont-support-line/


Spectrum Youth & Family Services

Supports youth through drop-in, housing, counseling, and health services.

Contact: 802-864-7423


Other Community Resources

Age Well Vermont Helpline

Provides expertise on a variety of issues for aging Vermonters.

Contact: 1-800-642-5119



Essex Community Justice Center

Offers many support services with restorative approaches to crime and conflict.

Contact: 802-873-7690



Essex Municipal Offices

Find municipal resources and updates.

Contact: 802-878-6951



Essex Westford School District Language Services

Contact: 802-857-2019


Translation Services

Provides oral & written translations for families.

English Language Learners

Supports students with other home languages.


Vermont 2-1-1

Dial 2-1-1 to be connected to an extensive list of important community resources.

Contact: 211


COVID-19 Resources

Vermont Department of Health

Prevention, testing, and vaccine information.

Contact: 802-863-7240



Vermont Department of Labor

Unemployment benefits and workplace safety.

Contact: 802-828-4000



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

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