The mission of HANDS is to provide food for seniors, 50 years and older, in Chittenden County, Vermont. We do this with the very generous help of hundreds of organizations, businesses, and volunteers, thank you!
*Provides annual Holiday Dinner, a hot meal and giftbag delivery for over 1,000 people 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
*Offers “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
*Delivers “HANDS in the Kitchen” workshops with Chef Robin Bennett and Kerry Batres that cover topics such as cooking for one, shopping on a budget, eating healthy foods, & so much more
*Matches seniors with volunteers through our “Support Buddies” program which we implemented in partnership with Heineberg Community Senior Center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers help with everything from occasional phonecall check-ins to assistance with groceries.
Please check our “Programs” page for more specific information.
To get these services delivered, your support is very much 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!