“Health Care Share participants share with me that they eat so much healthier and enjoy trying new fruits and vegetables each week. This program brings such a meaningful resource to our small community and we are honored to be a part of it.”
– Isabel, health care provider

At the root of holistic health is accessible, fresh food.

The Health Care Share (HCS) connects Vermont families with fresh, local food through their health care provider.

Health care providers at 11 partnering medical centers identify patient families experiencing food insecurity, diet-related disease, or other distinct health risks and provide a referral to the program to provide fresh, local produce so patient families can access a more nutritious diet.

Each week, participating families pick up a bag full of freshly harvested, certified organic produce at their health care provider’s office. Shares sometimes have local products like cheese or flour. Each share comes with a handcrafted newsletter with information on the week’s contents and recipes. The program lasts between 12 and 17 weeks, depending on the partner.

Participating in the Health Care Share supports paid jobs and significant learning for youth and young adults.

There is no cost to participate. The program is funded by medical centers, farm stand sales, sponsoring businesses, philanthropy, and other VYCC revenues.

The Health Care Share is entering its tenth season in 2022! The program begins in early July. Interested in registering? Check our list of participating providers below.

Interested in contributing to your food system? Get involved by volunteering!

Patients/clients of the following providers can register for the 2022 Health Care Share season. Registration happens through these partners. Please contact your provider about signing up:

Abenaki Helping Abenaki
Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin
Community Health Centers of Burlington
Gifford Medical Center
North Country Hospital
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Plainfield Health Center
Richmond Family Medicine
SASH – Barre Housing Authority
Second Spring
VA clinic in Newport
VA clinic in Littleton NH
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If your provider is not listed:

Contact Lily Bradburn, Community Health Program Manager, to learn how to bring the Health Care Share to your community. (802) 307-2421

Consider shopping at our farm stand in Richmond! See below for details on 50% off

Looking for a way to enjoy VYCC’s produce outside of the Health Care Share?

Our farm stand is open daily 9-6 from late May to October. We accept cash, credit card, check, and 3SquaresVT.

3SquaresVT customers receive a 50% discount
on eligible products. This is possible through NOFA-VT’s Farm Stand Match Program. We hope you’ll stop by to take advantage of 50% off fresh, locally grown vegetables and herbs all season.

For more information, visit our farm stand page.

When you arrive at the farm stand, please call (802)-557-8528 during farm stand hours and we’ll be happy to assist you.