Parents need time and money to put healthy, well-prepared food on the table. Locally-sourced food delivered to the door would be any working mother’s dream. Especially those who are food insecure.
Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf is making that dream come true for some. While many Vermonters are struggling, the food shelf is getting creative in finding solutions to alleviate their burden.
The food shelf’s Good Food Truck rolled into town to serve those in need at Harbor Place last week. The mission is to visit food-insecure residents not served by the food shelf’s pantry and soup kitchen in Burlington’s Old North End.
Harbor Place in Shelburne is a temporary housing facility owned by Champlain Housing Trust.
The 16-foot long truck is equipped to cook and serve meals on the road. They will offer free meals to low income community members every week through November at partner organizations and meal sites throughout Chittenden County.
Champlain Housing Trust’s Chris Donnelly said, “Food is such a critical need for folks at Harbor Place, so to have this opportunity to host the Good Food Truck is so welcome. There are a handful of other programs that assist folks that are important, too, but what the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf has put together is truly amazing and innovative – and fun. We’re thrilled they’re coming to Harbor Place to deliver food to the folks that arguably need it the most.”
Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf Executive Director Rob Meehan said there are more than 19,000 people who are food insecure living in Chittenden County. The food shelf serves about 12,000 of them. “We are hoping to get out and reach more people,” he said.
One day a week, the truck serves the general public for a $10 to $15 fee on Church Street in Burlington. These proceeds will help subsidize the free meals. So far, grant funding pays for the truck and equipment.
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