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 four to five families each month to feeding around 70 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 100 pounds of food. Celebrating over twenty 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?

Contact Us

  • 2nd Monday of the month @ 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • 4th Thursday of the month @ 2 – 6:00 pm (3rd Thursdays in November and December)
  • August Dates: Monday August 9th & Thursday August 26th
  • September Dates: Monday September 13th & Thursday September 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:
  • Baking items / Cake Mixes
  • Jam or Jelly
  • Small Liquid Dish Soap
  • Toothpaste

How do I visit the Food Pantry?

Due to the current health directives, the shopping process has been modified and food will be delivered to vehicles in the Church parking lot. This way, exposure will be strictly limited for both clients and volunteers.

  • Bring proof of address (like a utility bill) and identification for each family member.
  • Enter through our Church Street parking lot entrance and you will be directed to an assigned parking spot.
  • Stay in your vehicle and wait for a volunteer who will gather family information and review the proof of address and identification(s) through a closed window.
  • After check-in is complete, a maximum of 4 families will be allowed inside at a time to “shop”.
    • We request each family to send 1 masked representative to “shop”.
    • Inside 1 masked volunteer will escort them 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 parking lot more than 1/2 hour before the pantry opens and may not gather along Church Street prior to the pantry opening.

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. Use the SignUp Genius button to volunteer for Food Pantry days.

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