FEAST News

Current COVID guidelines affecting MSAC operations 

Eat Inside with Us!

All are welcome to pick up a Curbside meal on Tuesdays and Fridays to eat inside with us. Not only do we have the opportunity to eat inside together again, but there are wonderful volunteers supporting us, including the youth serving at the FEAST Farm through the Montpelier Youth Conservation Corps, as well as favorite volunteers from times past: Jeanne Felmly, Cathy White, Tina Muncy, Laura Morse, Finbar and more! Simply pickup your meal outside or inside between 12 and 12:30, and come sit down with us. Volunteers will be on hand to offer you water and collect your silverware. Enjoy your meal AND each other’s company again! If you are new to the program, you will be asked to fill out a short nutritional survey. You can see our monthly menu on our website here. Suggested donations are $5-$10, and the fee is $7-10 if you’re under age 60. Please call to make your reservation: 262-6288 or email us at: feast@montpelier-vt.org.  Reservations are not required to get meals.

Friday FEAST Show-and-Tell

On Fridays at Curbside Picnics, you are invited to bring something to show, or bring a story to tell. Thanks to Karen Evans for bringing her outstanding chocolate-coconut-peanut-butter-cow-pie last week!

Volunteer for FEAST

As we ramp back up to serving meals inside and delivering daily hot meals, we are going to need a lot more help again. If you or someone you know is interested in helping us bring nutritious, delicious meals to seniors who need them, please let us know by calling or emailing us: 802-262-6288, feast@montpelier-vt.org. We are seeking the following: 

  • Meals on Wheels Drivers
  • FEAST Curbside Picnic Volunteers
  • FEAST Special Events Volunteers
  • FEAST Farm Support

Social Media Volunteer for FEAST

Do you have some extra time on your hands and some skill with writing? FEAST is looking for some help with managing our Facebook page. If you are interested, please reach out to Sarah Lipton at 262-6288. 

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FEAST Farm Tour Report: A Resounding Success!

By Sarah Lifarm tour 6-29-21pton, FEAST Program Manager

On June 29, 15 Montpelier teens working at the farm this summer through the new Montpelier Youth Conservation Corps (MYCC) gathered together under the tent at Montpelier’s FEAST Farm (5 Home Farm Way), and families with young children scarfed down garlic-scape scones (baked by Good Taste Catering with the farm’s own scapes), while listening to jaunty fiddle tunes of Park Director, Alec Ellsworth.

Joining them were older adults from the community, most of the management team for the City of Montpelier, Mayor Anne Watson, representatives from Central Vermont Council on Aging, the State Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL), local church meal volunteers, VT Foodbank representatives, Allison Levin from Community Harvest of Central Vermont, and the extraordinary Parks Department staff who made the Farm possible. 

 And Senator Bernie Sanders showed up!

The goal of the Farm Tour was to raise awareness of the Farm, the intricacies of the partnerships thatfarm tour bernie and kids 6-29-21 make it possible and the innovation occurring within the program. The FEAST Farm grows organic produce to feed the senior community who receive nutritious meals from the FEAST Senior Meals Program. Senator Sanders wanted to learn more from the MYCC youth about their experience and held an engaging conversation with them.

Senator Sanders confirmed he didn’t know of any other capital city producing food for its community in this way and will bring word back to Washington. Mary Woodruff from DAIL said the FEAST Farm model is something that Vermont should replicate in other communities. 

To learn more about the FEAST Farm, FEAST Senior Meals Program, and how to get involved, contact FEAST Program Manager Sarah Lipton: slipton@montpelier-vt.org or 262-6288.

Another Food Resource: CSFP 

Commodity Supplemental Food Program is a monthly box of shelf-stable foods that income eligible folks over 60 can access. To get help applying or learn about other resources to stretch your food budget and increase your nutrition, call the Helpline: 1-800-642-5119.


FEAST Recipe Corner: Baked Cauliflower Tots

FEAST is happy to be celebrating the beginning of summer, health and nutritious veggies, so we wanted to offer you this simple, delicious recipe created by the VT Foodbank's VT Fresh Network. Click here to view it! All ingredients can be locally sourced. Enjoy the recipe and make enough to share with a friend (by safely delivering, of course!). Try these baked cauliflower tots for a fun twist on this nutrient rich veggie. This is a kid AND senior approved side dish or snack! Try dipping in ketchup or a savory Greek yogurt dip. This recipe makes 4-6 servings. If you have a favorite recipe you would like to feature, send it to us at FEAST@montpelier-vt.org

Full Plates VT: Get a Box of Food!

The Vermont Foodbank is excited to announce the launch of Full Plates VT. Full Plates VT will distribute food boxes, made up of produce and other fresh and shelf-stable items, at drive through style distributions throughout all fourteen counties in Vermont. The program is currently scheduled to run from June – September, 2021. New dates will continue to be added to the registration website so please continue to check-back for new distributions. View dates and register to pick up a box for you or a neighbor here

Get more at the store with 3SquaresVT!

A monthly benefit income eligible folks can use to purchase the foods they need, when they need them. Many are eligible and don’t know, so Central VT Council on Aging offers application assistance for 3SquaresVT!  To learn more, please call 1-800-642-5119. Stretch your food budget with 3SquaresVT!


Community Harvest of Central Vermont - On the radio!

FEAST's wonderful partner, the Community Harvest of Central VT had the opportunity to be on WDEV's Vermont Viewpoint recently to discuss all of the exciting things happening at CHCV. You can listen to the Podcast recording to hear Allison talking to Ric Cengeri here. The CHCV 30 minute segment starts at 1:07:20. "One thing I still marvel at is the kindness of Vermonters - always looking for ways to help one another." ~Ric Cengari introducing CHCV. Learn more about CHCV: CommunityHarvestVT.org

3SquaresVT in a SNAP: A simpler way to get food assistance 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 3 Vermont residents has experienced hardships buying groceries. 3SquaresVT, Vermont’s name for the Federal program SNAP, provides monthly monetary benefits that help Vermont residents stretch their food budgets, ensuring everyone has enough nourishing food to eat. Households in which everyone is either 60 and over or receive disability benefits may be eligible for 3Squares in a SNAP, a simpler application process that can enroll you in both food assistance and fuel assistance. Your benefits last for a period of three years before you need to enroll again, and there is no annual review process. You also have the choice whether to receive benefits on a Vermont EBT card or as cash deposited directly into your bank account. To learn more about how you can benefit from 3SquaresVT, visit vermontfoodhelp.com.

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Your Words Matter!
Back in February, FEAST staff and volunteers polled recipients to find out what FEAST means to them. Thanks to those efforts, we are pleased to share this new image with you. May it inspire! Click on the image to enlarge it!


Everyone Eats Spotlight  
Good Taste Catering, producers of FEAST's delicious Senior Meals, is part of the robust Everyone Eats program in Vermont (learn more here:). Everyone Eats got started in the wake of the pandemic in 2020 and has been serving more than 30,000 meals across the state. Capstone Community Action has recently been producing little video spotlights about the program as well, so click here to learn even more.

FEAST Presents: Online Resources
FEAST Senior Meals Program works hard to bring you more than just delicious, nutritious food. We work to bring you social enrichment, community engagement, and robust resources to ensure that you are thriving as you age in place. As we continue to contend with limited social engagement due to the ongoing pandemic, we have worked to bring you a new list of online resources to ease some of your isolation. Enjoy perusing these resources listed on our website, and let us know if you have questions: https://www.montpelier-vt.org/1241/FEAST-Resources-Partners.

FEAST Partner Offers Plentiful Access to Nutritious Food
At Just Basics, Inc., we have enjoyed a long and strong relationship with FEAST. Our two organizations share a mission of ensuring our community has easy and plentiful access to nutritious food and referring guests to other support services as much as we’re able.

Just Basics runs the Montpelier Food Pantry and other programs that help end cycles of injustice. The Pantry serves approximately 700 community members each month, helping folks in Central Vermont confront food insecurity in these difficult times. Much like FEAST, the Pantry is still only doing curbside pick up as we are not yet able to welcome guests back into the Pantry.

Located at the back entrance of Trinity Church (137 Main Street), the Pantry is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 10 am to 12noon. We have also recently added online ordering to our program -- which has been popular and helps patrons avoid long wait times -- and we’re currently expanding our pilot home delivery program.

Please stop by during Pantry hours or order ahead and pick up at your designated time. CLICK HERE to order online, or visit our website for more information. To donate food, please drop items at the Pantry entrance during operating hours; to donate money, you may donate online or email Development and Communications Manager Jolynda Burton.