News from Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity

by Jan Demers,
Executive Director, CVOEO

What is hot pink, lime green and smells sensational? It is the Good Food Truck. The Good Food Truck is the new tool in the hunger relief tool box for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, a program of CVOEO, currently serves over 11,000 people every year. It is the largest Food Shelf in Vermont. Over the years they have developed exceptional programs for feeding Vermonters who live with the uncertainty of having food to put on their tables.  The foundational Grocery Distribution Program provides a five day supply of groceries to more than 2,600 households every month. 200 high protein hot meals are served every day through the soup kitchen. During the summer the Food Shelf provides brown bag lunches for children and for people who are homeless.

Recent research published by Feeding America shows that there are more than 19,000 people in Chittenden County who are food insecure. 8,000 people who don’t or can’t come to the Food Shelf are more than a product of subtraction. Some of those folks are disabled or elderly.  To address these needs a Home Bound Grocery Delivery Program was created. Volunteers take groceries and visit with approximately 150 households a month. There are still people in need who couldn’t get to the food shelf. It was for these that the Good Food Truck was created. Good food travels to them.

“When you work two jobs it’s hard to find time to cook a fresh meal.  The Good Food Truck has really helped me get through the week and I know that at least my kids are eating something good when I see the truck pull into our neighborhood.  We are so grateful for this good food.”

Jane’s Trust provided much of the funding.  HMC provided the graphic design.  The diner style, fully equipped kitchen has already produced over 2,000 meals. The truck makes its way to Harbor Place, Beacon Apartments and several mobile home parks.  This year Northgate

Apartments will be added to the locations served.  The food is hot and includes ingredients like kale, eggplant and zucchini. Food some of its guests had never tried before.

The food is delicious and the bonus comes with staff who make this possible.  Emmet Moseley is the Good Food Truck Manager.  Wellness and community health are his vision for changing the world and addressing poverty. Emmet works with the Food Shelf’s Community Kitchen students to prepare food. The next innovation comes in the form of a Good Food Trailer.  With the help of City Market and HMC this refrigerated trailer accompanies the Good Food Truck filled with the same fruits and vegetables that were highlighted in the Good Food Truck’s meals.

For more information about the Good Food Truck: www.goodfoodtruckvt.org
“You don’t need a silver spoon to eat good food.” Paul Prudhomme
Jan F. Demers, Executive Director, CVOEO, 802-862-2771 ext. 740,  jdemers@cvoeo.org