We’re All in This Together
Looking for how to get or offer help with grocery delivery? See Below under “Volunteer here in Town, or request help”
If you have reduced income due to COVID-19, you may qualify now for:
- groceries from the Richmond Food Shelf (http://www.richmondfoodshelfvt.org/) – (802) 578-4283
- reduced cost or free meals (https://sites.google.com/mmuusd.org/covid-19information/food-service-plan) for any child in your household, regardless of school enrollment status
- unemployment insurance (https://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance)
- pandemic unemployment assistance (https://labor.vermont.gov/pua)
- 3squarestVT (https://www.hungerfreevt.org/3squaresvt-resource-hub) – funds to purchase food
The state of Vermont is maximizing benefits to help people through this, and streamlining as much of the application processes as they can. There are volunteers who can help you navigate all this, and calling 211 is a great place to start learning about these state benefits.
Community Food News
In difficult times good food is a both a basic necessity and a real comfort – please don’t go without!
Powered by ShiftMeals – Free meals delivered to a central location from a local restaurant for you to pick up. See flier for details on signing up. Anyone impacted by COVID-19 is eligible!
If you find you’re short on groceries, don’t hesitate to check out the Richmond Food Shelf, serving households in Richmond, Bolton and Huntington. They’re there to help in a pinch, so give them a call at 578-4283 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The food shelf currently has enough volunteers and is not accepting food donations, but monetary donations – used to buy fresh food and supplies locally – are always welcome. Click here to donate: http://www.richmondfoodshelfvt.org.
For those stuck at home, Bolton volunteers are offering no contact food deliveries from the food shelf and local grocery stores. For deliveries, or to volunteer, contact us at: email@example.com.
School’s out , but school breakfasts and lunches are still available at no cost to anyone 18 and under, for pickup or delivery, through the Mount Mansfield Unified Union School District, or call 434-1010.
For the more self-sufficient, tis the season – local gardening centers are now open! Consider planting a “Victory Garden” this year – including a little extra for your neighbors. If you’re new to gardening, check out the Vermont Victory Gardens Program or the Vermont Community Garden Network.
Hunting and fishing are also in season, and most state and local fishing access areas are open. Licenses are available online through the VT Fish and Wildlife Department. For more information contact the department. Foraging for personal use is also allowed on state and town land. Always check with private property owners.
If you can, please support local businesses that offer groceries and take-out – including some great local pizza! Too many to list, but you can find them online:
For general questions and assistance, dial 2-1-1. Additional food-related program, resource, donation, and volunteer information is available through:
United Way https://unitedwaynwvt.org/covid19-community-response
(Grocery store info – at risk hours, pickup/delivery services)
Vermont Foodbank https://www.vtfoodbank.org/ 1-800-585-2265
(State food programs, assistance)
Age Well Vermont https://www.agewellvt.org/
Help line: 1-800-642-5119
(Senior services, Meals on Wheels)
Waterbury Sr Center https://www.wasca.org/ 244-1234
(Senior lunches, Meals on Wheels)
Hunger Free Vermont https://www.hungerfreevt.org/ 865-0255
(general information, federal assistance programs)
Stay safe, healthy, and well fed!
Volunteer here in Town, or request help:
With the recent restrictions put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 many Bolton residents have been asking how they can be of assistance to other residents.
Please note, this outreach is not operated by the Town of Bolton. The Town assumes no responsibility for this service, the volunteers, or those served by volunteers. It is provided here simply as a way for neighbors to connect with neighbors in this time of need.
How to sign up as a volunteer or request assistance:
Volunteers must complete a volunteer waiver form and submit it to the Town Office prior to volunteering. Click HERE.
There are two Google Sheets, one to sign up as a volunteer, one to request a delivery of groceries or other essentials:
Request assistance: https://forms.gle/Jxa2ippyjHdeHpPg7
Volunteer signup: click here
The Vermont Department of Health recommends that any volunteers bringing items to those who need to stay at home:
- Always keep a distance of six feet away.
- Avoid entering the recipient’s home.
- Wash your hand regularly, avoid touching your face and cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- If you feel sick or learn that you have had contact with someone who is sick, stop doing community support work immediately.
- Keep a list of anyone you come into close contact with, in case contact tracing is required.
- Wear clean gloves when handling items that may be given to people at risk, including the elderly or those who may have weaker immune systems, and when you are close to someone who may be sick.
Who should not make deliveries?
If you’re ill or considered high-risk, you should not make deliveries. The CDC says you’re high risk if you’re an adult over 60, or you have a serious chronic medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease. If you know you have been exposed to someone with coronavirus, you should not make deliveries.
How can you make deliveries safely?
In this case, safety is not just about protecting yourself. It’s possible to have coronavirus without showing symptoms. While making deliveries, it’s important to both protect yourself from potentially infected people, and to protect vulnerable people from your germs.
To do that, please drop groceries outside the recipients’ homes. Do not enter their homes or interact with them face-to-face. (This is from the Chief Medical Officer at Gifford Medical Center, quoted in a useful VT Digger article on volunteering.)
The preference is for volunteers to make deliveries from grocery stores which offer curbside pickup, including Healthy Living, Richmond Market, Jericho Market, Village Market Waterbury, and Hannaford Williston. In this case, recipients can order online, then coordinate with the volunteer for delivery.
One note on cash: Coronavirus can spread through surfaces, but the WHO has said that it’s not been determined that cash is transmitting the disease. However, it makes sense to use virtual payments, like PayPal and Venmo, as the first choice for reimbursing for groceries.