Empty Bowl Fundraiser

On May 16, 2019 the Empty Bowl Dinner will celebrate Art, Music, and Food while raising funds for the Chester Andover Family Center Food Shelf, Financial Assistance Program and the GMUHS Art Department.

Dinner will be served from 4:30-6:30 followed by an Art Show at 6 and a Pop’s Concert at 7PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Dinner includes a hand-painted ceramic bowl, lovingly painted by local fourth, fifth and sixth graders, GMUHS students and Community Volunteers.

Thank you to our Community Partners for supporting this event; People’s Bank, Black River Produce, Orchard Hill Breadworks, Heritage Bakery and Deli, Endless Creations Studio, Southern Pie Café, Lisai’s, Sunshine Acres and the Free Range Restaurant. Our “Flavors of the Nation” dinner along with your take home hand painted ceramic bowl is sure to please.

Under the guidance of Chef Jason from the Free Range, the GMUHS Iron Chef Teams will be cooking up four amazing soups. “California Coast” is a Chilled Spring Pea and Asparagus soup with Truffle Foam and Chive Blossoms. Representing New England, we will serve a Maine Lobster and Corn Chowder. Mid-western Minnesota offers diners a Wild Rice Soup with Smoked Chicken and Garden Herbs. Also on the menu is a Southwestern Spring Vegetable Soup with Black Beans in a Roasted Tomato Broth.

In addition to these gourmet soup choices, your meal will include a salad of organic Spring Greens with a choice of Maple Balsamic Dressing or Creamy Blue Cheese along with baskets of Bread from Orchard Hill Breadworks and Heritage Bakery and Deli. End your meal with a handmade dessert provided by the Southern Pie Café.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at GMUHS, the Chester Andover Family Center, Endless Creations Studio and the Free Range Restaurant.

Free Range initiates”Eat it Up” Community Service Event to benefit the Chester Andover Family Center

On Thursday, October 25, Jason Tostrup, owner/chef of the Free Range Restaurant in Chester, launched his “Eat It Up” community service initiative. Chef Jason’s goal is to partner with local organizations that serve the community and provide a percentage of an evening’s restaurant proceeds to support the work of the organization. The Chester-Andover Family Center was honored to be the first recipient of this community initiative. Thursday evening found an overflow crowd either already enjoying a delicious dinner or waiting to be seated. Chef Jason provided complimentary hors’dourves that made the wait enjoyable. Diners could also check out information about how the Family Center serves the community. The Family Center is grateful to Chef Jason for this wonderful opportunity to spread the word about our work and for the monetary contribution that will allow us to continue to meet the needs of Chester-Andover residents struggling to make ends meet.

Christmas Under The Tent

Saturday, October 6th

Columbus Day Weekend

10am – 3pm

The Family Center is a non-profit, volunteer run organization. In addition to our Thrift Store and Food Shelf, we provide heating and electricity financial assistance for residents struggling to make ends meet. Shopping with us on October 6, will help us raise funds to support CAFC programs that contribute to the well-being of our community.
Please join us under the tent at the CAFC for this fun and important event

Free Drawing for Backpacks Filled with School Supplies

The Chester Andover Family Center is sponsoring a Free Drawing for Backpacks filled with School Supplies. Stop in to the Thrift Shop during business hours Thursday, August 16th through Saturday, August 25th to sign up for the drawing. No purchase is necessary.  We will notify the lucky winners at the end of the day, Saturday, August 25th.

Thrift shop hours are Thursdays and Fridays 10-4 and Saturdays 10-3.

New Look at the Thrift Shop

Have you shopped with us lately?

Chester Andover Family Center volunteers have been working on new merchandise displays to make it easier for shoppers to find what they need. We have an inventory process that allows us to continually make room for new donations and we are very mindful about having a great selection of seasonal merchandise available at all times.  Our new, uncluttered, clean look serves two important purposes; easier access for customers to our merchandise and easier access for volunteers to dust and sweep.

When you need apparel for your vacation or special occasion, stop in and take a look. When you need a household item for your kitchen or camp, you should check us out. Trying to keep the children busy this summer? We have a large assortment of books, puzzles and games.

Remember that when you make a purchase at the Thrift Shop, you are helping us purchase food for our Food Shelf, keep the lights on and provide financial assistance to residents of Chester and Andover struggling to make ends meet.

We have wide variety of men’s shorts and summer shirts.
Check out women’s bathing suits, wraps, hats and summer dresses.


The CAFC Thrift Shop is open Thursday and Friday from 10-4 and Saturday, 10-3.


New Leadership at the CAFC

New slate of officers to lead the CAFC for 2018-19:
President- Stephanie Mahoney
Vice-President-Kris Winnicki
Secretary- Georgia Ethier
Treasurer- Mariette Bock
Assistant Treasurer-Suellen Slater

New Thrift Shop Management Team:
Ginger Roper
Mariette Bock
Kris Winnicki
The Thrift Shop does not anticipate major changes at this time and will maintain regular hours of operation: Thursdays and Fridays from 10-4, and Saturdays from 10-3.

Stone Hearth Hot Dog Cook Off Fundraiser
Sunday –  August 12, from 1-4

This is a  community fundraiser to benefit the Family Center and the Chester Recreation Department. Please save the date and join us at the Stone Hearth for music, games, the famous CAFC Silent Auction and Gift Basket Raffle and all the hot dogs you can eat.  Last year’s Cook-Off Champion, Billy Bob, served up the “Big Easy”, his New Orleans version of what a hot dog should be.  Will he retain his title?

Free Financial Literacy Class

Financial literacy puts change in your pocket and you can make that happen by attending Chester-Andover Family Center’s Financial Literacy Class.  

Do not pass Go. Go directly to the next free class presented by People’s United Bank and learn how to prepare and follow a personal spending plan.  The class is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 6 pm at the Chester-Andover Family Center located at 908 VT Route 103 South in Chester, VT.  For further details, please call the Center at 875-3236.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn out to stretch your dollars!

Stamp Out Hunger

Chester-Andover Family Center
Pursuing Our Mission

“Providing a Helping Hand to Persons and Families in Need.”

The Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive
will be held on Saturday, May 12.

It is the largest one-day food drive in America.
Help us provide food for Chester-Andover Food Shelf participants.

All food collected will be transported by
Family Center Volunteers from the Chester Post Office
to The Chester-Andover Family Center Food Shelf.

When do I put out the food?

On Saturday, May 12, just set out your non-perishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pick-up time. Your letter carrier will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

What do you mean by “non-perishable food?”

 The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry). You also can donate healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as oatmeal, whole grains, and canola or olive oil.

 Chester-Andover Family Center
908 Rte 103 S. Chester, Vermont 05143

Family Center Thanks the Community for Successful Prom Shopping Event

On April 4, 2018, area teens and parents converged on the Chester-Andover Family Center for Prom Shopping. Shoppers tried on multiple dresses from our selection of over two hundred long and short gowns. Once the perfect dress was found, the girls selected accessories to match. Guys also had a large selection of suits and tuxedos to choose from. Several CAFC volunteers were on hand to assist shoppers. Parents were especially appreciative of the quality and affordable price for all prom outfits; twenty dollars.

Area businesses supported this event by donating flowers, haircuts and manicures for a free raffle. Thank you to Seventh Heaven Salon and Spa, Woodbury Florist, Alaura’ s New Nails, Haircuts Just Around the Corner, Boccachio’ s, Images Hair and Tanning Salon,  Chester Flowers, Salon 2000 and Halliday’s Florist.

We are offering Prom Dresses and suits through the end of May for twenty dollars, so come in and check out our supply. We have short and long dresses in all sizes, styles and colors.

The Family Center is located at RT103S in Chester. Thrift Shop Hours are Thursdays and Fridays,10-4 and Saturdays, 10-3.