- melissa haskin
- Good Food Trailer's Emmet Moseley
Getting to the food bank to pick up food during business hours can be hard. Enter the Good Food Trailer, a new program of the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf that aims to provide fresh food to low-income families. The trailer will make stops at community agencies that help such families, such as the Champlain Housing Trust and the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. It joins the Good Food Truck, which the food shelf put on the road last summer to offer free artisanal eats in select locations.
The Good Food Trailer held its first pickup last Friday, February 12, at the King Street Center. Recipients could choose from foods such as turnips, onions, butternut squash, purple cauliflower, potatoes, pasta and cheese — donated by Intervale Center farmers, the Vermont Foodbank and Shelburne Farms.
The next stop will be at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington on March 4. All are welcome, without advance notice, but the program asks recipients to self-certify that their incomes fall within its caps. For example, the suggested maximum income for a family of four is $44,863.
The trailer served about 35 families Friday night, and manager Emmet Moseley said he hopes to spread the word. "We are going to build the program slowly during the cold months and expand during the growing season, when we have a greater abundance of produce from the many farmers and gardeners who donate to us regularly," he said.