Covid response news

A new loan fund is now available to assist residents of North Bennington who have lost employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

VSECU, the member-owned cooperative and not-for-profit credit union and The Fund for North Bennington, Inc. created the fund to supply short-term, interest-free loans to residents of North Bennington facing financial stress due to COVID-19. For details on the loan program, including how to find out if you qualify, please visit VSECU’s Member Emergency Loan web page, or call 802-371-5162 to speak with a member service consultant. Visit the VSECU Resources web page for options and guidance for managing personal finances.

From the Village of North Bennington Trustees:

We urge all residents to follow the recommendations of the Governor’s office and the Vermont Department of Health and STAY AT HOME unless performing an ESSENTIAL task. Please see Governor Scott’s ORDER of 3/24/20. If you need to go food shopping, to the pharmacy or do other essential activities, keep a distance of six feet between yourself and others. Please connect with family, friends and your community in responsible ways such as using telephone and/or technology. We encourage social distancing, not social isolation! If you need assistance in obtaining food or essentials please use the Vermont helpline at 2-1-1.

Food resources for North Bennington and vicinity

Unless otherwise noted, food pickups are outside. Please maintain a physical distance of 6 feet in between parties and, as available, wear protective gear such as gloves/facemasks.

The Village School of North Bennington is working with the SVSU and the Abbey Group to deliver meals to any child under the age of 18 in North Bennington and Shaftsbury as follows:

9:40 –  Former ChemFab BCIC Building – Location Duration: 0:20
10:00 – Power’s Market – Location Duration: 0:15
10:15 – N Bennington Train Station – Location Duration: 0:15
10:30 – Harvest Hills – Location Duration: 0:10
10:40 – Dunham Ave & White Creek Rd – Location Duration: 0:10
10:50 – The Village School – Location Duration: 0:05
10:55 – Harwood Hill Rd & Sunset Trailer Park – Stop only
10:55 – Harwood Hill Rd & Settlers Rd – Stop only
10:55 – Houghton Ln & Michaels Drive – Location Duration: 0:05
11:00 – Houghton Ln & Autumn Acres Rd – Stop only
11:00 – 1558 East Rd – Stop only

St. John the Baptist Church, Houghton Street, North Bennington. North Bennington and Shaftsbury residents only. From 11:00 AM-12:00 PM on every second Friday, and from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM every Tuesday after second Friday.

North Bennington Baptist Church, Church Street, North Bennington. 1:00-2:00 every Thursday. Call if needed outside these hours; 802-442-7251.

Kitchen Cupboard (GBICS) – 121 Depot Street, Bennington; 802-379-0149. Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 PM; Thursday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Veggie VanGo – Car line. You will be directed to pick up your produce off a table to put in your car. Please signal if you’re there for 1 or 2 families (maximum). April 1, 8:30-10:00 AM; Mount Anthony Union High School.

HIS Pantry (Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church). Wednesday  1:00 PM-3:30 PM; Friday 10:00 AM-11:30 AM.

Bible Baptist Church,Harwood Hill, Bennington; 802-447-3618. Call for an appointment to get hot meals to go.

Second Congregational Church, Hillside Street, Bennington – Sunday 5:00 PM 

Harvest House Soup Kitchen, River Street, Bennington. Mon-Fri 8:00-10:00 AM and 11:15AM-1:00PM, Sat 8:00-9:30AM, Sun 8:00-10:00AM Meals on Wheels (café closed). Call 802-442-8012 for eligibility. 

BROC Food Shelf (Bennington) is currently closed 

For more information, contact Andrea Malinowski at  or 802.379.5468

Outdoor resources in the Village

The paths at The Mile Around Woods are being used during the pandemic much more heavily than in normal times. Some residents have stopped walking there because people are failing to maintain a six-foot separation. Please be sure to maintain respectful distances when exercising! There have also been complaints about children mixing closely on playgrounds. The same rules apply to children. Be mindful of social distancing!

Calendar of activities and guide other resources

A regularly updated guide to activities for sheltered residents and resources for all can be found at the ActBennington site here.

The Village School of North Bennington

By order of the Governor, all Vermont schools have suspended in-person instruction for the balance of the school year. The Village School maintains a web page dedicated to providing educational resources for its students and information about related programs in the village.