By Kerrie Pughe, Contributor

Thank you
Thank you for the support this month from Lynn and Greg Cluff, Friendship Lodge #24 Masons, Susan and Hans Ohanian, Valerie and William Graham, Charlotte Congregational Church members, Charlotte Organic Coop, Janet Morrison, Caroline Slater, Joe Banks and the Shelburne Supermarket coffee bar customers.

Nancy Bloch and John Lavigne received the Foodbank order for February of 1,416 pounds. The shelves were well stocked for the families who needed a little extra help in February.

On May 14, U.S. Postal Service carriers will be picking up nonperishable food donations on their mail routes at your mailbox. These items will be donated to the Charlotte and Shelburne food shelves. Thank you in advance for leaving out your cans or boxes of nonperishable items.

Nonperishable food items along with toiletries such as hair shampoo, toothpaste and toilet paper are always welcome here at the Food Shelf. Also, spring is on the way, so this is a friendly reminder to plant an extra row in your garden for us! The Food Shelf will be happy to distribute your fresh veggies to those in need. Root crops such as carrots, potatoes, onions, beets and squash have a long shelf life and can be stored at the Food Shelf.

Donations
We are a volunteer organization so all donations you make to the Food Shelf go directly for food and/or assistance to our local neighbors in need. Thank you so much for considering donating today. Checks may be mailed to Charlotte Food Shelf & Assistance, P. O. Box 83, Charlotte, VT 05445.

Donated food drop-off locations
All nonperishable food donations may be dropped off at the Charlotte Library, the Charlotte Congregational Church vestry, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (main entrance) or at the Food Shelf during the distribution mornings. We request that all fresh foods be dropped off at the Food Shelf before the Wednesday distribution hours or before 7:30 a.m. on the Thursday distribution mornings.

New Facebook page
“Like” us at our new Facebook page, Charlotte Community Food Shelf and Assistance, to see photos and get updates on all the Food Shelf activities.

Food Shelf information
The Charlotte Food Shelf is located on the lower level of the Charlotte Congregational Church vestry. Distribution days/times are posted in this newspaper and on the bulletin board in the Charlotte Congregational Church Hall. You may also call the Food Shelf number at (802) 425-3252 for a recording of the distribution times. We are open to all community residents. Privacy is very important and respected in our mission of neighbor helping neighbor.

For emergency food call John at (802) 425-3130.
For emergency assistance (electricity, fuel) call Cindi at (802) 425-3234.
For more information call Karen at (802) 425-3252 .

Important Upcoming 2017 Charlotte Food Shelf Distribution Dates:
Wednesdays, April 5 and 19, May 10, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, April 6 and 20, May 11, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.