Holiday Dinner

Now in our 17th year, we typically help to provide a non-denominational meal delivery throughout Chittenden County as well as a shared sitdown dinner on Christmas Day. We partner with Age Well, Burlington School Food Project, Michelle Charron, Elks Club, Penny Cluse Café, and Temple Sinai as well as hundreds of volunteers and businesses. 

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to have the sit-down dinner at the Elks Club this year because of COVID. But, we can still deliver a meal to you if you’re 50 or older and live in Chittenden County. If you would like to have a ham dinner or vegetarian lasagna delivered, please call Age Well at 865-0360 between November 30 and December 18 to make a reservation.

Some years ago, Age Well (formerly Champlain Valley Agency on Aging) requested that we take over their Christmas Day meal delivery program. We’ve increased numbers ever since.  In 2019, 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 another 450 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, 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!

How to Get Involved

Please Provide Donations for Giftbags

Every Christmas, we provide a giftbag with our meal deliveries—Shhh, please don’t tell the seniors! Due to safety concerns this year, we’re cancelling the sitdown dinner unfortunately. That means that we’ll be making more deliveries all over the county instead. We’ll need lots of giftbag donations and we’d love your help, please!

We try to stick with helpful basics and are always seeking:

  • Financial contributions in any amount
  • Canned goods & food items (soup, vegetables, canned tuna, meals in a can), jars of peanut butter, packages of peanut butter and crackers, healthy granola bars, jars of unsweetened applesauce, and large boxes of raisins
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, individual toothbrushes, soap, large boxes of tissues, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, shampoo, shaving cream, etc.)
  • Hats, gloves, or scarves for both men and women
  • Art supplies (colored pencils, drawing paper, adult coloring books)
  • Crossword puzzle books
  • Small LED flashlights with batteries
  • Energy efficient lightbulbs
  • $20 Hannaford grocery giftcards
  • Please, NO candles or sugar candy

Not sure what to give? Please check our Donation Tracker to see what items are most needed. Thank you!

If you would like to donate items, please contact Jess Hyman at jessicahymanvt@gmail.com. Thank you so much!

Volunteer

As part of the changes this year, we won’t be able to gather and giftwrap which is really sad. So, what would help out the most in this peculiar year is for you to donate a larger number of just one item from our wish list. That will make it so much easier for us to manage.

If you’re interested in just giftwrapping, please contact Jess Hyman at jessicahymanvt@gmail.com. If you’d like to purchase a number of the same items and giftwrap them yourself, that’s also great—please just make sure you stick a label on the whole batch so we know what it is. We have paper and tape if you’d like to pick that up in Burlington.

We’d also love help if you have knitting skills. We’re looking for handmade hats and scarves if you have the time. We have some yarn available, too. Thank you!

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