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Food Shelf

The United Church of Underhill is one of the 10 churches which run and support the Essex, Jericho, Underhill Ecumenical Ministry Food Shelf. Once a month, we gather at 9am at Good Shepard Lutheran Church on Route 15 in Jericho to distribute food to neighbors in our community.

Food Shelf Distribution Information

The Jericho-Underhill Ecumenical Ministries Food Shelf distributes food one Saturday a month from 9:00-11:30am. Generally, the distribution occurs on the 3rd Saturday of each month; however, there are some exceptions. See the schedule on the right of this page.

We never turn anyone away, but our immediate neighbors in Essex, Jericho and Underhill are served first, and then those from neighboring communities.

No appointment is necessary.

No meals served.

Children’s clothing is also available at Food Shelf pickup times.

Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Route 15, Jericho 05465. See “Directions” tab on this page for directions.

For more information, contact: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 899-3932

Donations can be placed in the Food Shelf basket in the narthex of the church, or in the large wooden box near the kitchen in the church basement.

The staples we distribute include the following:

  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Pasta
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Tuna
  • Soup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Baked Beans

Generally speaking, the food shelf receives more black beans, kidney beans or refried beans than we are able to distribute, so please donate items from the priority list above rather than these items. (Any food that our patrons will not take is taken to the Burlington food shelf, so be assured that whatever you donate will not going to waste.)

Think Tuna!Our church has been asked to focus on providing tuna. This is a good source of protein that is flexible to cook with and is shelf stable. The next time you go shopping and try to remember what it is the food shelf needs most this month it will be easy: Tuna!

The other churches in our ministry have all adopted the remaining staples.

This is of course not to say that we want nothing but tuna. Any and all contributions are welcome!

Set up occurs from 7:00-8:30PM the Thursday before distribution.

We set up tables for the different foods and put everything out to get ready for the distribution. Participating churches take turns being the primary church responsible for set up, but all are welcome – many hands make light work!

The Jericho Underhill Ecumenical Food Shelf is hosted at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 273 Vermont Route 15, Jericho, VT 05465-0495.

FROM THE WEST take VT Rte. 15 through Colchester and Essex Junction, continuing east through Essex Center and Jericho toward Underhill. The church is located between Jericho and Underhill just west of Brown’s Trace.

FROM THE EAST take VT Rte. 15 through Cambridge continuing west through Underhill. The church is located between Underhill and Jericho just west of Brown’s Trace.

FROM THE NORTH Take Route I-89 southbound to exit 11 (Richmond Exit). Turn left onto US 2 (end of ramp). Go a few hundred yards under interstate and past entrance ramp. Turn right onto VT Rte. 117. Travel 2.6 miles along river. Turn right onto Barber Farm Road and travel 2.5 miles. Turn left at stop sign (Browns Trace) go through Jericho Ctr., down hill and STRAIGHT through the intersection. Travel up the hill past the High School about 2 miles to the road’s end (Truck Center at corner). Turn left onto VT Rte. 15 and go about 50 yards to the first driveway beyond the Good Shepherd sign on the right.

FROM THE SOUTH take Route I-89 northbound to exit 11 (Richmond Exit). Turn right at end of ramp onto US 2. In a few feet turn right onto VT Rte. 117. Travel 2.6 miles along river. Turn right onto Barber Farm Road and travel 2.5 miles. Turn left at stop sign (Browns Trace) go through Jericho Ctr., down hill and STRAIGHT through the intersection. Travel up the hill past the High School about 2 miles to the road’s end (Truck Center at corner). Turn left onto VT Rte. 15 and go about 50 yards to the first driveway beyond the Good Shepherd sign on the right.


Community Dinners

In addition to supporting the Food Shelf, several of the churches in the Jericho/Underhill area also provide a monthly dinner of some sort. All of these are open to the public and are free of charge. We would love to have you join us!

Upcoming Food Shelf Distributions and Community Dinners