•  Community Resources 

    (Updated Spring 2020)


    EWSD Food Service: https://www.ewsd.org/domain/172

    Hunger Free VT

    https://www.hungerfreevt.org/news/coronavirus General, up to date information on various area programs related to food access. 

    Feeding Chittenden


    • Supplies a week's worth of groceries and personal care items, including diapers, to local families
    • Offers homebound delivery if there are transportation issues
    • Food Shelf M-F 9:00 am-4:00 pm

    Aunt Dot’s Place:  Food, personal care items, and pet items 



    51 Center Road, Essex (door and parking are in back of building)

    Hours of operation:

    • Tuesdays 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm
    • Thursdays 9 am– 11am
    • Saturdays 9 am – 11 am

    Heavenly Food Pantry:


    Essex Jct.


    •  2nd Monday (5:30 pm-7:30pm
    •  4th Thursday (2-6pm) 

    Mark BBQ/Heart and Soul:

    802-495-1480 or 802-662-4381. Leave a voicemail if in need of a meal. 

    Pick up on Wednesdays, 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm



    State Guidelines and Essential Employee List:


    State request application for emergency childcare for essential employees:  https://webportalapp.com/webform/essentialworkers

    Childcare Resource:                

    (802) 863-3367



    Mental Health

    First Call: Crisis intervention and assessment


    Howard Center


    Crisis Text Line: Free support 24/7 for any type of crisis

    • Text VT to 741741, a live trained crisis counselor receives text and responds quickly



    Green Mountain Power

    https://greenmountainpower.com/covid-19/ (Green Mountain power will not suspend service for inability to pay bill due to financial hardship)



    Comcast- Internet Hot spots, increase in Data/ waive

    Internet access: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 

    New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020.

    T Mobile




    Other Community Based Services:

    Vermont 2-1-1:


    Dial 211 to access by phone

    The Vermont 2-1-1 database contains detailed descriptions of programs and services available to Vermonters that are provided by local community group, social service and health-related agencies, government organizations, and others. Vermonters can call or access their website to find information and assistance.  

    Economic Services:


    This is the department that administers state benefits. Applications can be completed online or by phone. Benefits include: 3SquaresVT (food stamps), fuel assistance, and emergency assistance. If your financial situation is impacted by COVID-19, consider accessing this resource to see if you may become eligible for state benefits. 

    VT Department of Labor:


    The Vermont Department of Labor administers Unemployment Insurance for Vermonters. This is the website that you should consult to access unemployment benefits if your employment is impacted by COVID-19.