Heavenly Food Pantry

The Heavenly Food Pantry at First Congregational Church has been providing food support to our neighbors since 1998. Starting with several generous cash donations and a used freezer, this wonderful ministry went from serving ten to twelve families each month to feeding around 90 families each month, which amounts to approximately 80,000 pounds of food being distributed annually! Staffed completely by volunteers from the church, community, and civic organizations like the Essex Rotary, food and monetary donations have allowed an ever increasing distribution of food to the people who worry about food insecurity. Supported by these local food and monetary donations, Vermont Foodbank, the local Hannaford grocery store, and several food drives throughout the year, each family visiting the pantry is able to leave with an average of over 80 pounds of food. Celebrating over twenty-five years of dedicated service, the Heavenly Food Pantry continues to be committed to serving the Essex community.

The Heavenly Food Pantry is open two days per month.  At this time, the Food Pantry is relaxing the rule on 1 visit per month to the pantry. Residents of Essex Junction, Essex Town, and Westford are welcome to attend each time the pantry is open to select food and essential items for their families.

How do I visit the Food Pantry?

How do I volunteer?

How can I support the Food Pantry?

Delivery Requests

Contact Us

  • 2nd Monday of the month @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • 4th Thursday of the month @ 3 – 6:00 pm (3rd Thursdays in November and December)
  • April Dates: Monday April 15th* & Thursday April 25th
  • May Dates: Monday May 13th & Thursday May 23rd
  • 39 Main Street, Essex Jct., VT  05452 (corner of Main St & Church St)
  • Mailing address: 1 Church Street, Essex Jct., VT  05452
Items that are especially needed now are:
  • Cereal
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pasta Noodles
  • Baked Beans
  • Canned Tuna/Chicken
  • Canned Green Beans, Corn and Mixed Veggies
  • Canned Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Campbell’s Chunky soups
  • Small bags of dry cat food
  • Canned dog food

How do I visit the Food Pantry?

  • Bring proof of address (like a utility bill) and identification for each family member.
  • Enter through the front door of the church and receive a number from a volunteer.
  • Wait in the Sanctuary until your number is called.
  • When the number is called, you will be led into the Fellowship Hall where a volunteer will gather family information and review the proof of address and identification(s).
  • After check-in is complete, a volunteer will escort clients around the pantry.
  • For those unable to drive, please call the office at 878-5745 and leave your name and phone number.
  • To ensure safety, clients will not be permitted to enter the building more than 1/2 hour before the pantry opens.

For additional food support, including the application for 3SquaresVT, click HERE.

How do I volunteer?

There are many ways to volunteer to help the Food Pantry on a regular basis, on “shopping” day, or occasionally when it fits your schedule. Many hands make light work, and we will be glad to have your assistance. Examples of ways you can volunteer include:

  • Storing food and refilling shelves
  • Collecting donated food from Hannaford
  • Assistance on Food Pantry days
  • Organizing food from a food drive

Use the Contact Form to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Delivery Requests

If you are unable to visit our Food Pantry in person, a delivery may be an option. Please follow these steps:

  1. Call the church office on a food distribution day BEFORE NOON – 802-878-5475
  2. Please have the following information ready – Your Name, Phone Number, Address, How many in household
  3. Leave a message on extension 102 if there is no answer with the information above

Someone will return your call by noon to arrange for a food delivery.

Contact the Heavenly Food Pantry