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Kerrie Pughe, Contributor

Food for the mind as well as the body
An anonymous gift of several hundred books to the Friends of the Charlotte Library for distribution by the Charlotte Food Shelf will bring books for summer reading to the homes of many local children. “The donor wants to be sure that all children have their own new, high-interest books,” said Cindi Robinson, who coordinated the book distribution at the Food Shelf.

Babies get books because babies who are read to acquire language and learn that reading is fun. Older children get books because research shows that when children read for pleasure every measure of reading success improves. They don’t need special coaching; they don’t need to write book reports…they just need to read for pleasure. The Friends of the Library is helping the Food Shelf make sure children have a fun summer and keep learning along the way— food for the mind as well as for the body! The books went home last week with the kids, along with a book bag, book marks and summer library reading information.

Thank you to John and Nancy Calcagni for the support this month.

Wish list
Healthy kid snacks as well as lunch food. Ideas include peanut butter, crackers, raisins and other dried fruit with no sugar added, canned fruit with no added sugar, mac and cheese, unsalted nuts and seeds, popcorn (low salt and butter), canned tuna, canned chicken, oatmeal, low sodium soups, low sodium canned vegetables and granola bars. Thank you!

Donations
We are a volunteer organization, so all donations you make to the Food Shelf go directly for food and 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 below and on the bulletin board in the Charlotte Congregational Church Hall.

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.

Upcoming 2017 Charlotte Food Shelf Distribution Dates
Wednesdays, July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, July 13 and 27, August 10 and 24, 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.