MARKS Heart Initiative Partnering with the MFCC Emergency Food Shelf

Effective Wednesday July 1st, Heart n Soul by MARKS BBQ will be partnering with the Milton Family Community Center’s Emergency Food Shelf to provide 50 meals per week to food insecure families in Milton and the surrounding communities. This will be an ongoing initiative.

The MARKS Heart Initiative was initially located at the ACE Hardware in Milton. They reached out to us with the hope that with this partnership, they can feed more people in the community. We are humbled by Mark and his team, and their passion for giving back to their Vermont communities. Thank you MARKS BBQ!

Meals will be distributed to our participants who call in daily to make their appointments for food shelf pick up. If your family, or a family you know is food insecure and could use a meal, even if for one night, please call us to schedule a meal pick up. Please let us know when you call if you are not a regular participant of ours and are just in need of a MARKS meal for your family.

Meals will be here every Wednesday by 12:00 pm and served until 2:00 pm, and available Thursday as well from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Yellowjackets Fund

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The Yellowjackets Fund is a new program for Milton families with school age children who have been thrown into crisis by the coronavirus pandemic. This new fund is being launched by the Milton Family Community Center (MFCC) to help Milton families get through this unprecedented threat to their well-being. MFCC is ready to receive donations for the substantial needs of Milton families. The increase in food assistance at Vermont’s foodbanks and in applications for 3Squares tell the blunt truth about what families are facing as do the tens of thousands seeking unemployment. The Yellowjackets Fund will be a direct source of support for families to address food insecurity, health care, and any basic needs creating a bridge from this crisis to the far side when we can all get back on our feet. A clear-eyed look at the crisis now indicates this crossing will last for some time making the need for sustained support apparent and essential.

Make a Donation Now

Our capacity to see the suffering of others as our own is what will bring us through the coronavirus pandemic with our communities intact and perhaps even strengthened by that simple act of giving whatever we can. Just as we saw Governor’s send ventilators to states with the greatest need, we need to share our resources to the best of our ability with the families we know need it most right now.

How to Donate
Make a check payable to the Milton Family Community
Center AND note in the check memo that your contribution is
for the Yellowjackets Fund and Mail to:
PO Box 619
Milton, VT 05468


Go to the MFCC webpage’s How to Donate dropdown menu. Follow the
directions to the Donate Now button. Again, there will be an option to add
a memo message — Make sure to note that your donation is for the
Yellowjackets Fund. Here is the link:

Milton Family Center – How to Donate

For more information contact Vikki Patterson at MFCC by email: or by phone: 802.893.1457.

MFCC Emergency Food Shelf Response Plan to COVID-19 (Dates Updated)

The MFCC Emergency Food Shelf will be open weekly from 10 am 2 pm, and through April 6th (tentatively), and will serve participants by appointment only. 

Appointment slots will be filled in 15 minute increments.  MFCC staff will be available for phone inquiries only between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm from March 18th – April 6th (tentatively). To reduce health risk, the participant will be asked to ring our doorbell (as front door will be closed and locked) and will be met at the door with their allotment.

Donations will be accepted during the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, unless other accommodations with a member of MFCC staff has been made for outside of those dropoff times. MFCC staff will be available for donation pick ups and drop offs outside of the hours. Please call us at (802) 893-1457 during the hours listed above, or email us at to make these arrangements.