“HANDS in the Kitchen” Cooking

HANDS is providing an 8-week cooking and nutrition series in collaboration with Chef Robin Burnett, Thayer House, and Vermont Community Garden Network. At 4:30 on March 7, 14, 21, & 28 as well as April 4, 11, 18, & 25, Chef Robin will share cooking hints, nutrition tips, and taste-testing at Thayer House, 1197 North Avenue in Burlington. There will be a different theme each week and the entire series is FREE for anyone 50 years or older.

“HANDS in the Dirt” Gardening Program

This summer, we had garden sites at Archibald Street Community Garden in the Old North End of Burlington, Canal Street Veterans Housing in Winooski, Ethan Allen Residence in the New North End of Burlington, Thayer Commons in Burlington, and St. Michael’s College in Colchester. We’re partnering with Burlington Parks & Rec, Burlington Veterans Administration, Camp Johnson, Committee on Temporary Shelter, Charlie Nardozzi, St. Michael’s College, and most especially Vermont Community Garden Network to bring programming to each of these locations. If additional funding comes our way, we can grow to even more sites!

Please check out this video in which Todd Bowling is the star.

Holiday Dinner

For the 12th year, we’ll be helping to provide a non-denominational meal delivery as well as a shared sitdown dinner on Christmas Day throughout Chittenden County. We partner with Age Well (formerly Champlain Valley Agency on Aging), Burlington School Food Project, Elks Club, and Temple Sinai among hundreds of volunteers and businesses.

Some years ago, the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging requested that we take over their Christmas Day meal delivery program as well. Last year, we prepared and delivered about 350 meals to older Vermonters. In addition, we collaborated with the Elks Club to help provide a delightful sit-down dinner for 100 seniors and their families. Each person received a wrapped giftbag which, in many cases, was the only gift that a senior received during the holiday season.

We depend on volunteers and businesses to provide donations for the meals and giftbags, wrap gifts, make the meals, staff the sit-down dinner, donate money, and deliver meals. On behalf of older Vermonters, of whom 7,800 experience some form of food insecurity according to 2013 Hunger Free Vermont statistics, thank you so much for your generosity in lending a hand!


HANDS was fortunate enough to be contacted by NPR’s StoryCorps. Megan Humphrey interviewed Charlie Auer, of “Charlie’s Boathouse” fame, about food long ago in Burlington. Please sit back, relax, and listen to Charlie’s delightful stories.