Please Help Us To Feed Our Community!
The overall mission of the Abenaki Food Pantry – through our nonprofit: Maquam Bay of Missisquoi is to help fight food insecurity in our tribal community and in the surrounding neighboring communities.
You do not need to be a Native American to access our pantry – All are welcome!
At the height of the Covid Pandemic the need for food assistance grew four-fold over the previous years. Thankfully, due to your generous donations then, we were able to accommodate that increase in need and provide adequate food assistance to the community-at-large. Today, that need continues to be urgent, with inflation higher than it’s been for decades, increasing living expenses including rent, groceries, heating and electricity at astronomical highs; we again, really need your help – your generous donations that will provide assistance to those in dire straits. We need to raise funding to cover our operational expenses and mostly to enable us to acquire adequate supplies of fresh and non-perishable foods for our community. We kindly and humbly ask for your donation in the form of financial assistance through online donation, check or money order mailed to: Maquam Bay of Missisquoi 100 Grand Ave, Swanton, VT 05488.
Checks should be made payable to Abenaki Food Pantry
in care of Debbie Dubois Lavoie.
We also accept donations of fresh and non-perishable food throughout the year. They can be dropped off
at our tribal office Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00-2:00. We always can use turkeys and other items for holiday meals during the fall/winter. Please contact Debbie at: (802) 868-6255 to arrange for a drop-off date/time. All donations are appreciated!
If you are a community member who could use some assistance – also please contact us.
On behalf of our community, we thank you for your support!
If you would like to visit Brunswick Springs we ask that you call the office for permission.
Please call 802-868-6255
Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9-2 (during food pantry hours)
Abenaki Nation Of Missisquoi is holding an event on the Missisquoi River
When: July 30, 2022
Where: Route 78 West Swanton. (Louie’s Landing to Max’ s Bend, down the 1 mile road)
Follow the signs! Watch for our banner!
Open to the public!
Paddling in the river Live Animals, Birds
Drumming (Circle of Courage), Edible Plant demonstration, self-guided hike, Take a ride in the Voyager Canoe, Stories, crafts, and more.. Lunch by donation. You must pre-register to ride in the canoe, this is required as space is limited. Register at www.northernforestcanoetrail.org. Paddling starts at 10:30 and runs through the afternoon!
Co-host and Sponsored By: Lintilhac Foundation, UMATR, Lake Champlain Basin Program, Northern Forest Canoe Trail
What a wonderful job these kids did on the clean up of invasive Knotweed, building the new beds and filling them with soil!!
We were able to distribute to 36 families, 2 for the yard at the Tribal Office and 2 for the Swanton Ball Field Community Gardens. The cedar garden beds, soil and gift certificates were made possible by the Harris and Francis Block Foundation Grant!
Are you a member of the Missisquoi (St. Francis/Sokoki Tribe)? If so, we would like to hear from you! We are in the process of updating our mailing list and want to make sure we have your correct contact information. Please call (802) 868-2559 and leave a message and Donna will return your call.
If you card is 2016 and older your card needs to be updated. Please see our application page on this website to print out a Tribal Card application.
We have free COVID test available at the Headquarters for home use. We are offering 1 kit per household at this time.
Please call 802-868-6255 for a kit!
Our current community room, a shared space within the tribal building, has been converted into an extended food pantry to accommodate the 300% increase in community need for emergency hunger relief. Also, even without the space dedicated to the food pantry, the community room is a large open space for tribal gatherings, and not really appropriate for some of the advocacy services we provide. We need funding to convert a small adjacent building on the property to provide a safe, secure space to hold programs for and with women and girls. This has been a long-term plan, but it has been made more urgent by the challenges that have arisen when Covid-19 hit.
We are actively working to find grants to fund this project and hope to have some activity happening in 2023!! This dedicated space will be comfortable and supportive and will also enable us to organize and host a variety of programs, services and activities. The space will house advocacy and direct support programs including violence prevention, intervention and healing; cultural revitalization activities; educational enhancement such as GED classes; and meeting space for our Tribal Women’s Council. Funding received will allow us to fix this building and complete our goal.
We have a Donate page located within the menu of our website. If you donate via the website please comment “for community room”. If you would like to donate for the food pantry please comment “for food pantry” This will allow us to make sure if goes to the proper area you specified.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.