BROC Community Food Shelf – Rutland

Fighting hunger. Feeding hope.

If you live in Rutland or Bennington county, you are eligible to utilize our Community Food Shelves. Please take a few minutes to sign up privately prior to your visit.

At our BROC Community Action Food Shelf, we are dedicated to ensuring that the very freshest, family friendly foods are sourced for & from our local community.

Food insecurity is felt anytime that you must choose between grocery shopping and paying for bills, medications, and other necessities of life. Food insecurity affected 24.3% of Rutland’s entire population in 2022. This means up to one quarter, or one in four people, could be experiencing food insecurity at any given time.

This is why at BROC Community Action, in the interest of our Mission & Values, we strive to provide our community with food access and relevant programs that aim to lower the percentage of food insecurity in Rutland County.

The only requirement that we have to shop at the BROC Community Action Food Shelf is that you must live in Rutland County. We ask that you first visit that you answer some basic data questions that we use in our reporting and for grant funding. Your answers are kept private and not shared with any State or Federal agencies.

You can sign up to shop on our website or in person during food shelf hours. For more information on accessing our food shelf, please click here for an informative video.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: In addition to our food shelf hours (Monday – Friday 10AM – Noon & Special Senior Hour 2Pm – 3PM on Fridays) BROC Community Action strives to provide relevant programming year round.

Please email [email protected] for more information on the following programs.

1.)   CSFP – Commodity Supplemental Food Program (Ages 60+) Registration Material & Monthly box pick up available at BROC Community Action

2.)   Diaper Distribution – The Vermont Diaper Bank. Diapers & Wipers available at BROC Food Shelf during Food Shelf Hours

3.)   Vermonters Feeding Vermonters – May through October local farmers deliver farmers market quality vegetables, meats, and cheeses to be distributed to the community for free and are paid a fair market value through grant funding for what they provide.

4.)   Bridging the Gap – June through September school aged children can pick up breakfast and lunch prepared by the school cafeteria in accordance with FDA nutritional guidelines in the BROC Community Action lobby after 10AM.

5.)  Farm to Family Farmers Market Coupons – Available in JULY our popular farmers market coupons are subject to financial guidelines but allow folks on a fixed or limited income to shop at almost every farmers market in Vermont for free produce!

6.)   Turkey Tickets – Starting in November we offer holiday meal shopping for Thanksgiving & issue tickets for shoppers to come back on a select date close to Thanksgiving to pick up donated whole turkeys.

7.) 3Squares Vermont application assistance.


Monday – Friday – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friday (for Seniors over 60 only) – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Would you like to Donate or Volunteer?

The BROC Community Action Food Shelf accepts donations of non-expired food, unused & unopened senior & baby products such as formula & Depends. We do not have the capacity to accept donations of household items, used clothing or medications & vitamins.

Volunteering at BROC Community Action Food Shelf is available in 2-hour time commitments, and you can choose how many times a month and what programs you would like to volunteer for. Please fill out our Volunteer Application and email it back to [email protected]. To volunteer time, we do require that a background check is conducted.

Please look for us in the Rutland Community & donate to us during the STAMP OUT HUNGER event in May or STUFF A BUS in November.