Updates

Increasing Need for Donations!

Posted Aug 3, 2022 by Hannah Hutchens of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Hi All, I'm Hannah, the food coordinator for Drop-In here at Spectrum Youth & Family Services. I would first like to thank you all for contributing to our community through your dinner donations. I will be taking a vacation from August 9th-18th. I am seeking dinner donations throughout those two weeks to allow the youth coaches can do their jobs without cooking too. If you are interested you can sign up via MealTrain! Thank You So Much! Cheers, Hannah

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Drop-In Wants to Thank You!

Posted Apr 11, 2022 by Hannah Hutchens of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Hello Meal Train Donors! Thank you for being a continued part of our Meal Train and donating meals to our Drop-In center! Food donations keep our program as a whole running, and we cant express our gratitude enough. The holidays are when we get the most meal donations, but our spring and summer months are some of our busiest, and we see the highest numbers of youth in need when the weather warms up. We want to welcome you to sign up to donate a meal in the upcoming weeks to support Burlington's most at-risk youth as well as our hardworking staff. Thanks, The Drop-in Team

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THANK YOU for supporting Burlington's unhoused youth!

Posted Oct 23, 2020 by Hannah Hutchens of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Hello, Mealtrain community! As we continue to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and prioritize our commitment to serving young people experiencing food and housing insecurity, we have instituted some protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible! With that in mind, we are pimarily serving youth to-go meals only, Mon-Fri. As always, we would greatly appreciate your support in doing so! The following is a reminder of our additional updated policies surrounding donations: At this time, we request meal servings be individually packaged (casserole dishes are alright as well), please include an ingredients list. If able, including a vegetarian or vegan option would be greatly appreciated by the youth! We serve about 25-30 youth per meal. Please plan to provide 30 individual servings or two large casserole dishes worth of meals. Our meal times are 12-1 for lunch and 5-6 for dinner. Please drop off any cold meals 30 minutes before mealtime. If the food should be served hot, please drop off an hour before the meal to allow time to reheat. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Basic Needs Program Manager, Christina, at cbrown@spectrumvt.org! Happy cooking!

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Drop-In’s annual community garden!

Posted May 31, 2020 by Hannah Hutchens of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Spectrum’s Drop-In center is starting its second year of gardening at the Intervale’s Tommy Thompson community garden, and we’re seeking donations to get this year started! We’re using the foods and herbs that we grow at our garden plot to provide us with fresh produce to make meals for our to-go food program, as well as to supplement our new grocery box at home delivery program which we started in response to COVID-19. Red Wagon plants are supporting us with plant starts, and we plan on continuing to operate in conjunction with Feeding Chittenden and other community partners, to get as much food as possible to the people in our community who need it. What we need: Organic Fertilizer and compost Gift cards to Lowe’s, Gardener’s Supply, Red Wagon Plants, or other local gardening resource Plant starts, seeds etc. Gardening tools How to donate: Call Sara Brooks at (937) 520-2854 Or respond to this email! THANK YOU for your support!

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COVID-19 and Drop-In Donations

Posted Apr 7, 2020 by Hannah Hutchens of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Drop-In is continuing to stay open through our to-go food program, we serve youth 14 to 25, Monday through Friday, from 12 to 1 pm and from 5 to 6 pm at our temporary location 191 Bank St. Burlington, VT. Drop-in Staff are also continuing to work with our youth by: helping to staff our housing programs, providing virtual Drop-In hours that allow youth to access services and resources, and providing COVID-19 related emergency support to the food shelf as well as other community resources. Because we are only providing to-go food at this time, and also in the spirit of social distancing, we are limiting our donation needs to those listed below: From restaurants/businesses: plastic ware, cleaning supplies, gloves, masks, etc., food items including bulk and ready to eat foods. From individuals who want to donate a meal: groceries and grocery gift cards or restaurant delivery are welcome, please no pre-made meals at this time. Contact us at (802) 864-7423 x312

Spectrum Youth and Family Services Drop-In Center
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COVID-19 and Drop-In

Posted Apr 7, 2020 by Hannah Hutchens of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Hello Drop-In Meal Train! This global pandemic has effected every community including our own, and we have been so impressed and humbled by the continued community support for Drop-in and our youth. Thank you for all your previous and future donations! Drop-In is continuing to stay open through our to-go food program, we serve youth 14 to 25, Monday through Friday, from 12 to 1 pm and from 5 to 6 pm at our temporary location 191 Bank St. Burlington, VT. Drop-in Staff are also continuing to work with our youth by: helping to staff our housing programs, providing virtual Drop-In hours that allow youth to access services and resources, and providing COVID-19 related emergency support to the food shelf as well as other community resources. Because we are only providing to-go food at this time, and also in the spirit of social distancing, we are limiting our donation needs to those listed below: From restaurants/businesses: compostable to-go containers, cleaning supplies, gloves, masks, etc., food items including bulk, ready to eat foods, prepackaged meals, etc. From individuals who want to donate a meal: groceries and grocery gift cards or restaurant delivery are welcome, please no pre-made meals at this time unless you contact us by phone first. Please call us at (802) 864-7423 x312 to confirm a donation, ask questions, and find out more. Cheers, Drop-in Staff

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Hey all!

Posted Jun 17, 2019 by Hannah Hutchens of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Hey everyone, haven't touched base with everyone in awhile and thought it would be a good idea to you all know what's happening at drop-in! We have some new outreach programming in the works, as well as our community garden plot in full swing in the intervale. We're working on some grant funding for new programming, including an indoor gardening setup, and Spectrum at large is still fundraising for the building renovations tentatively scheduled for later this year. The kitchen is bringing in lots of local produce and ingredients on the daily. Thank you all for donating to drop-in and staying in touch, we have lots of staff leave time planned for the up coming months, we don't have a lot of meal donations scheduled at the moment so feel free to sign up! From everyone here at drop-in, we hope all our volunteers are enjoying summer here in Burlington! Thanks!

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Thanks!

Posted May 7, 2019 by Hannah Hutchens of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

I wanted to thank everyone for the recent rounds of meal donations! The food has been phenomenal and we're getting excited about spring produce and foods coming in, and new meal donation opportunities. I'd like to again say that if you have any questions or concerns about meal donations, don't hesitate to contact us. Thanks so much for all your help, it means the world to us! The Drop-in Team

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Thank you!

Posted Apr 16, 2019 by Hannah Hutchens of Spectrum Youth and Family Services

We've been ecstatic about the increase in interest in our meal donation program here at the Drop-in, and I wanted to thank everyone who has donated for their time and energy. These donations mean so much to us and the kids who come through here, and all the food as been DELICIOUS. The volume of people coming for meals at Drop-in is increasing as we move into spring and summer, so these donations will become ever more important. Happy Cooking! Sara Brooks

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