The CEFS food shelf is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
The Champlain (Chittenden) Emergency Food Shelf flagship program is their food shelf, where they provide a monthly five-day supply of groceries to families in need. They also offer fresh produce and bread three days per week.
Community Kitchen is a Vermont Foodbank culinary job training program operated at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf 14-week sessions of Community Kitchen contains 10-12 students. Prepares these students with the culinary skills necessary to secure jobs in the food service industry, the professional Chef Instructor delivers a proven curriculum . Students learn about safe kitchen practices.
Students also undergo ServSafe training—a nationally recognized certification program essential to safety in food production and storage. The combination of this specialized culinary skills training and the work readiness training ensures that upon graduation, students will be certified professionals ready and qualified to gain employment in the food service industry.
In addition to job training, Community Kitchen rescues produce, meat and other foods that would otherwise be wasted from restaurants, farms and food service companies. Students work with instructors to cook the food and produce meals that are then cryovac sealed and sent out to the Soup Kitchen and Burlington Emergency Shelter.
Partners of the Champlain (Chittenden) Emergency Food Shelf include:
Vermont Foodbank Argosy Foundation Ben and Jerry's Burlington Labs City Market Cheese Traders Chittenden Bank Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Healthy Living Market IBM The Kelsey Trust LZ Francis Foundation Myers Container Services Northfield Savings Bank St. Michael’s College Seventh Generation Shelburne Supermarket Tarrant Family Foundation United Way of Chittenden County