Free Clinic

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October
24

BENNINGTON FREE CLINIC

The Bennington Free Clinic provides free primary medical care for uninsured adult residents of Bennington County and the surrounding area whose incomes are under 400% of federal poverty. We do not provide emergency care. We do not provide dental care.

Medical Services Provided

  • routine primary medical care including management of acute and chronic diseases
  • behavioral health screenings, interventions , and referrals
  • physical exams
  • wellness education
  • women’s health clinics
  • care management
  • referral to participating specialists when medically necessary
  • assistance obtaining pharmaceuticals
  • assistance from certified Navigators with insurance programs

Vermont Health Connect’s 2018 Open Enrollment Nov 1st – Dec 15th

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October
23

Early deadline highlights the importance of planning ahead and acting quickly

WATERBURY, VT – October 11th marks three weeks until the start of 2018 Open Enrollment for Vermont Health Connect (VHC), the state’s health insurance marketplace. This year, Open Enrollment will run from November 1 to December 15, which is shorter than in past years. Members will have a start date of January 1, 2018.

Open Enrollment is the annual period when new applicants can use the marketplace to sign up for health and dental plans for the coming year. It is also the time that existing members have the option to change plans. Existing members who want to stay in the same plan can simply continue to pay their bills on time and will automatically be renewed into the 2018 version of their current plan.

Vermonters who qualify for subsidies can sign up with Vermont Health Connect either online, by phone, or with one of more than 150 in-person assisters located across the state. Vermonters who don’t qualify for subsidies can streamline the process by direct enrolling with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) or MVP Health Care (MVP) and establishing a single point of contact with their insurance carrier.

Most Vermonters will find 24 options for qualified health plans – including four new bronze plans – from BCBSVT and MVP, as well as dental plans from Northeast Delta Dental (NEDD). Vermonters who are under 30 years old have the option of choosing a catastrophic plan from either carrier in addition to the 24 other options.
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Empty Bowls 2017 Sunday, Nov 12 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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October
23

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We are gathering together once more this year for the annual Bennington Empty Bowls. Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Service, Inc. is collaberating again with Bennington College for this event. Participants pay a modest entry fee, select a handcrafted bowl, and enjoy soups from various restaurants and community volunteers. This is a chance to discuss the food insecurities facing our community and the world. It is also a time to connect with your community and the community of Bennington College students, to discuss what service to our society means to each of us. Please join us. Ticket sales will begin soon!

Empty Bowls supper will be from 5 to 7 pm at the Middle School. Join the community for this annual supper.  A meal of soups and breads is served.The event raises funds for the Kitchen Cupboard food distribution program. Tickets are on sale at VSECU, Martin’s on West Main, and GBICS at 121 Depot Street for $10 or $12 at the event. Cost for a family of 3 or more is $25. Call (802) 379-0149 for tickets.

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Kitchen Cupboard Relocation

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July
25

The Kitchen Cupboard will start distributions from its new location at
121 Depot Street in Bennington on Saturday, July 29th, 2017.
Going forward, we are pleased to announce our new hours
at 121 Depot Street, as follows:
Tuesdays: 5:30pm – 7:30pm Thursdays: 10:00am – noon Saturdays: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
We are looking forward to seeing all our guests at our new home.

New Building

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May
4

We have purchased a building so that we can bring all of our programs together under one roof. Check in often to see the changes we are making.IMG 1210 300x225 New BuildingIMG 1231 300x225 New BuildingIMG 1198 300x225 New Building

FoodFit Bennington

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January
26

Our recent FoodFit Bennington program ended this week with what has to be one of the most fun final exams in the world: participants entered the cooking lab to find a bounty of fresh vegetables, fruit, grains, protein sources, as well as herbs and spices arranged on a large table. They then broke into small groups of two and three to plan and prepare a feast fit for royalty. While the food was cooking, participants took a brisk walk together, coming back 15 minutes later to a delectable feast. The meal was served family style and participants gathered around a large table to share in its delight.FoodFit Bennington is a program that is designed to bring people together to set goals, learn skills and make measurable changes in overall health and fitness, with a focus on nutrition and exercise. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants are immersed in cooking, nutrition knowledge, physical activity, and community. Our goal is to eat more fruits and veggies and whole grains, while making small changes in our physical activity level.

Watch for an announcement for our next class which will begin in mid-April 2017 and run for 12 weeks and plan to get in on the fun!

EXCITING CHANGES

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January
25

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HARVEST FOR KIDS

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January
24

Harvest for Kids is a community effort to support Bennington’s children. With a 5 week gap between the end of formal summer meal programs and the beginning of the school year, concerns have been raised about families with limited means, and ensuring that children receive adequate nutrition during this period. Extra food will be provided to families with children between July 29th and September 2nd at both the Kitchen Cupboard and Pownal Food Pantry.

Want to get involved? Join the Challenge! Create a team and tell us about your fundraising goal!
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Counting Down to the End of Open Enrollment

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January
24

Open Enrollment Will End on January 31, 2017. Call now to make an appointment to sign up for health insurance through Vermont Health Connect.
The Bennington Free Clinic has a team of Navigators who are available to guide consumers through the process of applying for and choosing a health insurance plan for residents of the State of Vermont. All Navigators are trained and certified by Vermont Health Connect, the official State of Vermont health insurance exchange. Consumers experiencing a loss of insurance due to a change of circumstance (change in or loss of job, change of family make-up including marriage, divorce, addition of new family member, moving to Vermont) or who qualify for Medicaid may apply outside of open enrollment To make an appointment to meet with a Navigator, call 802 447 3700 extension #2 or e-mail bennfreeclinicnavigator01@gmail.com.

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Harvest for Kids 2017

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June
6

Harvest for Kids is a community effort to support Bennington’s children. With a 5 week gap between the end of formal summer meal programs and the beginning of the school year, concerns have been raised about families with limited means, and ensuring that children receive adequate nutrition during this period. Extra food will be provided to families with children between July 29th and September 2nd at both the Kitchen Cupboard and Pownal Food Pantry.

Want to get involved? Join the Challenge! Create a team and tell us about your fundraising goal!
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