The mission of HANDS is to provide food for seniors, 50 years or older, in Chittenden County, Vermont. We do this with the very generous help of hundreds of organizations, businesses, and volunteers.
*Provide our Holiday Dinner, a hot meal and giftbag for over 800 folks on Christmas Day throughout Chittenden County with the help of Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Penny Cluse Café, Temple Sinai, and hundreds of volunteers and businesses
*Offer “HANDS in the Dirt” gardening programs in partnership with Red Wagon Plants, Vermont Community Garden Network, and gardening expert Charlie Nardozzi at senior housing, long-term care nursing centers, and community garden sites
*Deliver “HANDS in the Kitchen” workshops with Chef Robin that cover such topics as cooking for one, shopping on a budget, eating healthy foods, & so much more
*Match seniors with volunteers through our brand-new “Support Buddies” program which we implemented in partnership with Heineberg Community Senior Center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers do everything from occasional phonecall check-ins to help with groceries.
Please check our “Programs” page for more specific info about each program.
To get these services delivered, your support is really appreciated. Even $5 will help us meet this year’s fundraising goal. On behalf of older adults in Vermont, 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 making the life of a senior a little bit brighter and healthier!