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: email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.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!
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.