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The Chester-Andover Family Center provides financial assistance to Chester and Andover residents who are struggling to make ends meet. The money you spend purchasing items in the Thrift Shop is used to support the Food Shelf and Financial Assistance program; there are no paid staff at the Center. During 2014, the Center responded to the following requests for assistance: 36 electric bills totaling of $6,535.89; 25 fuel bills totaling $8,875.29; 8 rent bills totaling $1,175.00; 4 telephone bills totaling $332.38; 40 gas cards ($25 each) totaling $1,000.00; and one bill for $155.67. The total financial assistance paid during 2014 was $18,076.20.

CAFC needs volunteers in both the Thrift Shop and Food Shelf. The Food Shelf needs folks to help with gleaning and processing produce during the summer and fall. Times and places to be determined. You are welcome to help once or several times. For more information, please leave a message and your phone number for Sandy at the Family Center (875-3236) or stop by the Food Shelf on Fridays between 10:30 and 1:00.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Thrift Shop, just stop by when the Shop is open and pick up a Volunteer application. The Center’s mission is to “provide a helping hand to persons and families in need.” Volunteering at the Center is an opportunity to assist residents in Chester and Andover, possibly your neighbor, who are having to struggle to in this economy. Here’s a chance to give back to your community. Who knows when any one of us may have to ask for such assistance for our family.

Attention gardeners! If you find yourself with extra produce, please consider sharing it with the Center’s Food Shelf. Deliveries would be appreciated on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings 10:30-12:30.

Need help feeding yourself or your family? Visit Our Food Shelf

Stuff a Bus

The Food Shelf serves folks who live in Chester or Andover and who are having difficulty providing food for their family. The Food Shelf is open Thursdays from 2:00 to 6:00 PM and Fridays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Folks may come in once a month for their regular food shelf.   Folks may also come on every Friday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to pick up fresh produce (Fresh Friday).

If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please come to the Food Shelf to complete the Intake Form or download a form by clicking on link below. When you bring the completed form to the Food Shelf, please also bring proof of residency. All personal information is kept confidential.

Intake Form 

If you would like to donate items for the Food Shelf and are wondering what is needed, there are suggestions on the Food Donations page. You may drop off your donations at the Center during regular Thrift Shop hours:

Visit Our Thrift Shop

IMG_0852Make the Center’s Thrift Shop your place to shop for clothes and household goods for the family. Donate what you can. Proceeds fund the Center and Food Shelf.
There are no paid personnel, just dedicated volunteers.

Make the Center’s Thrift Shop your place to shop for clothes for the entire family, pick up household items, linen, books for everyone along with videos, puzzles, and games. Clothes, excluding items on the Designer Rack, shoes, and handbags are free with a donation. Income generated by the Shop funds the Center’s Food Shelf and Emergency Financial Assistance Programs. There are no paid personnel, just dedicated volunteers. Merchandise changes every day so be sure to stop by on a regular basis so you don’t miss those special bargains! Our hours are: Tuesday, 10 to 4, Wednesday, 1 to 7, Friday, 10 to 4, and Saturday, 9 to 2.


Welcome to the Chester-Andover Family Center!!

Providing a Helping Hand to Persons and Families in Need
908 VT Route 103 South, Chester, VT 05143 -(802) 875-3236
Thrift Shop sales supports the Center’s Food Shelf.

Business is booming at the new Center’s Thrift Shop. If you find you have some time to spare, even an hour a month, come in and sign up to join a terrific group of dedication volunteers. You’ll make new friendships, get things done, and get a warm feeling all over by giving back to your community. We will love having you and you will love being there! Come on down!!!

The Food Shelf has expanded its hours in its big, beautiful, ground-floor location. Recipients are able to make food choices, the Food Shelf is partnering with the Vermont Foodbank, and is open every Thursday from 1-6 p.m. Recipients may come in any Thursday but can pick up food only once a month. Fresh fruit, veggies, and eggs are most welcome and can be dropped off on Wednesdays at the Thrift Shop or from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursdays at the Food Shelf.