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who we are

The Winooski Food Shelf is staffed by a group of twenty seven dedicated volunteers of all backgrounds and ages who come together to serve our guests--those who are in need of food assistance.  All of us share the belief that no one should go hungry in our community. Our outlook is truly ecumenical in that we welcome volunteers of all religious backgrounds, as well as those who do not have any religious affiliation. 

We are always looking for more people to help out.  If you would like to make a difference, please contact us at 802-655-7371.

Our Guests

Some of Our Team

Ellen Ravelin

Pastor, United Methodist Church of Winooski

Linda Howe

Retired, Ed.D., Current head of Volunteer Services, Champlain Valley Exposition Center

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Jennifer Thelen

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Saturday volunteer

Matt Smith

Saturday volunteer

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Of the nearly 700 people we currently serve, 32 percent are children. From 2017-2018 (the latest year for which we have statistics), we saw a 27.1% increase. Unfortunately, we are currently on track to surpass that number. Only 17% of the households are New Americans.

Our City

One of the first European settlements in Northern Vermont, Winooski  is an old Mill Town, which is rapidly undergoing gentrification.  That means, rents are increasing as new residents move to what has been called the Brooklyn of Vermont. About 7000 people live here, which means roughly 10% are food compromised.


Winooski has a number of smaller, specialty groceries, but no supermarkets.  For more on the changing character of Winooski, please go to: 

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