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our mission

The Winooski Food Shelf is a community outreach program of the United Methodist Church of Winooski, a program that operates as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 as registered by the church. Its mission is to provide supplemental food assistance to Winooski residents who self-identify as food insecure.

The Food Shelf serves its guests without judgment and with kindness, congeniality, privacy, patience and respect.  Additionally, it provides to a clean, safe place for guests during their time at the Food Shelf, to encourage fellowship and camaraderie.

The Winooski Food Shelf does not discriminate and welcomes all guests and volunteers regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender.  Refugees are welcome. We do, however, require proof of Winooski residency for food recipients.


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how to receive
food assistance

how to help

our hours

​​We are open every second and fourth Wednesday and Saturday of the month. Registered clients may receive food one Wednesday and both Saturdays each month. On Wednedays, we're open from 1-3:00 pm; on Saturdays, from 9:30-11 am.



Hours and dates may vary. Please check out our Facebook page and the Winooski School District Newsletter for up-to-date information.

all volunteer staff

$$ gifts, food drives

food drop-off

People of ages volunteer at the Food Shelf, many behind the scenes, shopping for, picking up, and shelving groceries. All are unpaid volunteers. We believe that no one should go hungry in these United States. If you would like to volunteer, please call 802-655-7371 and someone will get back to you.

We often need to buy food to fill in our supplies. Donations may be made by sending a check made out to the Winooski Food Shelf c/o The United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen Street, Winooski, VT 05404.  All donations are tax deductible. The Food Shelf is a registered 501 (c) 3 charitable organization registered under The United Methodist Church.

We have two new locations where you can drop off food--J&J's Corner Market and the Winooski Senior Center.  J&J's is located at 12 Malletts Bay Avenue and is open every day, except Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm (phone: 802-654-8003).  The Winooski Senior Center is open from 8:30 am to 12 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8:30 am to 3 pm on Thursday.  The Center is closed on the weekend.

what to expect

You'll see friendly smiles and a welcoming atmosphere the moment you enter the Food Shelf. All you need to do is sign in.  Then, we'll help you shop. If you haven't registered, you can sign up on the spot with proof of Winooski residency, like a utilities, phone or cable bill.


how to qualify

If you need food assistance, just sign up with us during Food Shelf hours. You need to prove that you are a Winooski resident.  Please bring a current piece of mail.  We do not accept driver's licenses as proof of residency.

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24 West Allen Street

Winooski, VT 05404

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