Headquartered in Sheldon, VT, The Abbey Group knows good, local food. The company got its start more than a quarter century ago when it took on the task of feeding hungry students at Bellows Free Academy High School in nearby St. Albans. Today, The Abbey Group has grown, dishing up local at more than 100 locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Upstate New York.
It is—and always has been—our mission to ensure people are getting healthy and delicious meals every day. We care about our employees and customers, and we do what it takes to make sure they’re happy.
- Headquarters: Sheldon, VT
- Schools served: 100
- States: 3
- Vermont School Accounts: 74
- New Hampshire: 25
- New York: 1
- Corporate Food Courts: 4
Dishing up the local!
A community grows when we all support each other’s endeavors, and that’s why the Abbey Group is committed to local food. We prioritize local products in our recipes.
Our well-developed relationships with local farms and food producers allow us to purchase directly from them whenever possible. Many of those farmers are now partnered with local nonprofits—such as Green Mountain Farm Direct and Vermont FEED. Through those partnerships, our schools can have their produce delivered directly to their doors.
Farm to Plate
We use a variety of methods to purchase locally grown and produced food. Large quantities of local produce are sourced through our main purveyor, Reinhart Foodservice, and organizations such as Green Mountain Farm to School and Rutland Area Farm and Food Link help us secure a varied supply of seasonal produce to use in our food service operations. We also make direct farm purchases after a satisfactory site inspection by one of our experienced personnel.
meet one of the partners helping us keep it local,
in our featured local producer ›
Our Nutrition Policy
Our nutrition policy encourages students to establish and maintain lifelong healthy eating habits. The school cafeteria is a learning environment that can deeply affect the way children understand food and its connection to our environment. Our school food service programs strive to promote healthy, sustainable practices in the cafeteria.
“The Abbey Group has kept well ahead of the game with nutritional changes and continues to bring new menu items each month to meet the needs of our changing population.”
Finance Manager | Winooski School District