Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, CEFS serves over 12,000 people each year. 


Volunteers are a crucial part of every program at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. The dedicated hearts and hands of the community help us complete the countless tasks that go into providing food for more than 12,000 people every year. As a Food Shelf volunteer, you'll experience endless opportunities to learn, grow, and play a rewarding role in addressing hunger in your neighborhood.

Here are some of the things you could do as a Food Shelf volunteer:

  • Unload food donations as they're delivered
  • Stock the grocery distribution shelves
  • Represent the Food Shelf at special events
  • Prep and serve food in the soup kitchen
  • Help clients select their groceries
  • Deliver groceries to homebound clients
  • Pick up donations
  • And so much more!

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Check out the volunteer packet and see if the Food Shelf is a good fit for you.

Service, Volunteering, Community, Food

Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf
228 North Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401

Soup Kitchen:
6:30 am to 9:30 am Monday-Friday
10:00 am to Noon Sunday
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm Sunday

Food Shelf:
9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday

8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday