For Community Members

Community Resources & Support

  • Use ACT’s Bennington Help Map to find community resources in and around Bennington, including where you can get hot food, shelter, or medical help.
  • Vermont 211 is a free and confidential service to find out about hundreds of important community resources, like emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, health care, child care, drug and alcohol programs, legal assistance, transportation agencies, educational and volunteer opportunities, and much more.
  • Public WiFi Map: Sites are accessible at all hours for use from a parked vehicle on the road or parking lot; some may require a password.
  • Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE) is a non-profit agency that provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Bennington County. 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 802-442-2111
  • GBICS’ Free Clinic offers free medical care to uninsured adults living in the Bennington County area.

Food Resources

  • BROC’s Community Food Shelf in Bennington is here for those who are hungry. Open Monday-Friday from 10:00am-12:00pm.
  • 3SquaresVT provides money each month to stretch our food budgets. The program helps you buy food from grocery and convenience stores, farmers markets, and co-ops. 3SquaresVT benefits are deposited each month on an EBT card, which works like a debit card.
  • Everyone Eats provides free meals to anyone who has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. There are weekly meal distributions on Wednesdays in Manchester and on Thursdays in Manchester and North Bennington.
  • GBICS’ Kitchen Cupboard provides free food to individuals and families in need.
  • Summer Meals in Bennington County: Hunger Free Vermont’s list of drop-in meal sites where anyone 18 and under can access free meals over the summer.
  • Harvest House Soup Kitchen is open to all and offers free breakfast and lunch on weekdays.
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program: If you’re aged 60 or older and meet income guidelines, you can get a free box of food every month.
  • If you’re pregnant, a caregiver, or a parent with a child under five, WIC gives you access to healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and community referrals.

Mental Health Resources

  • United Counseling Service provides immediate mental health assistance to individuals in crisis 24 hours a day. For immediate assistance in a crisis, call (802) 442-5491 in Bennington.
  • The Vermont Department of Mental Health focuses on promoting prevention, early intervention, and mental health treatment and support for Vermonters.
  • The Vermont Suicide Prevention Center provides suicide prevention hotlines and screening tools as well as resources for schools, professionals, and community members.
  • COVID Support VT helps people cope with the pandemic through education, emotional support and connections to community services that promote resilience, empowerment and recovery.

Resources for Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

  • Bennington County Prescription Drop Off Locations: Find locations where you can drop off unused prescription medications anytime in Bennington and nearby counties.
  • 802Quits offers free, customized help to quit smoking and other tobacco, including tailored quit plans.
  • VT Helplink is a statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services in Vermont. Helplink services are free and confidential.
  • Turning Point Center of Bennington offers a safe place individuals and families struggling with effects of alcohol and other drug abuse, addiction or addictive behaviors can find fellowship and support among peers.
  • PreventionWorks!VT is a network of Vermont substance misuse prevention coalitions, service providers, and individuals.

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