Kerrie Pughe, Contributor

Saturday, May 13, is the annual U.S. Postal Service Carriers Food Drive. The mail carriers will be collecting in Shelburne and Charlotte to benefit the community food shelves in each town. Our postal carriers will help make the process easy. Simply leave your nonperishable food donation at your mailbox by 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, May 13, and they will pick it up when they deliver your mail.

As some of you may know, both Shelburne and Charlotte have limited shelf capacity, thus we are limited in the range of items we are able to offer. Our hope for this food drive is to focus on the most sought-after items. Any items from the list below would be greatly appreciated.

  • 100% juice packs
  • Fruit cups (apple, peach, etc.)
  • Granola-type bars
  • Cheese or peanut butter cracker packets
  • Canned tuna or chicken
  • Pasta sauces along with spaghetti and elbow pasta
  • Ketchup, mayo and yellow mustard

We much appreciate your attention to expiration dates.

For more information about the annual food drive, send an email or visit our page, Charlotte Community Food Shelf and Assistance, on Facebook.

Many thanks for your continued support from your Shelburne and Charlotte Food Shelf volunteers!

Food Shelf Visit Statistics 2017 to date
January: 19 visits, total number served 63
February: 23 visits, total number served 72
March: 20 visits, total number served 74

Thank you
Thank you to Dr. Teresa Meyer for the donation given in gratitude for Mary Volk. Also, thank you to our anonymous donor; we received the cash.

Wish list
We are in need of clean pint- and quart-size jars with lids to be used to distribute shampoo, laundry soap and cleaning supplies. Please, no narrow-mouth jars (too messy to try to fill).

Donations
We are a volunteer organization—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, May 10, 24 and June 7, 21, from 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, May 1, 25 and June 8, 22, from 7:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.