Community Action Programs
Franklin / Grand Isle Community Action
Robert Ostermeyer, Director
5 Lemnah Drive, suite 5
Fax: (802) 524-4388
The office of Franklin Grand Isle Community Action (FGICA) is located at 5 Lemnah Drive, near Vermont Adult Learning, and is a member agency of the United Way of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday except holidays. FGICA provides a variety of free services to help low income residents of the two counties including assistance with fuel and utilities, housing, food, budgeting information, Farm to Family Program, advocacy, information and referral and tax preparation.
FGICA staff is happy to assist with filling out forms and applications for such programs as Reach-Up, 3 Squares (Food Stamps), Fuel Assistance and the Health Care programs - Medicaid, Vermont Health Access Plan (VHAP), Dr. Dynasaur and Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
FGICA also operates outreach offices in the towns of Richford, Alburg and Grand Isle. The Richford site is located at 53 Main St. and is open the last 2 Mondays of the month from 11 am until 2 pm. The Alburg site is located at the Champlain Islands Parent Child Center and is open the last two Tuesdays of the month, from 10:00 – 12:00. The Grand Isle site is located at St. Joseph’s Church and is open on Tuesdays from 1 pm until 3 pm.
NorthWest Family Foods, the Franklin/Grand Isle Community Action (FGICA) food shelf is located at their office at 5 Lemnah Drive in St. Albans. The hours are 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays. Over 450 families receive a 3 day supply of emergency food each month. FGICA also operates food shelves at their outreach offices in Richford and Grand Isle.
NorthWest Family Foods also operates remote food shelf offices in the towns of Richford, Alburg and Grand Isle. The Richford site is located at 53 Main St. and is open the last 2 Mondays of the month from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Alburg site is located at NCSS Alburgh Family Center and is open the last two Tuesdays of the month, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. The Grand Isle site is located at St. Joseph’s Church and is open on Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity