By Kerrie Pughe, Contributor
The Charlotte Congregational Church Food Shelf garden and the Transition Town Charlotte garden at the town library have been producing a bounty of fresh veggies this summer. These gardens have been supplying families with green, yellow and purple string beans, Italian parsley, cilantro, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, onions, kale and more. A special thank you to Finn Yarbrough, filmmaker, for taking the time to plant the beautiful church garden. One of Finn’s films is Ministry of the Stove about the Starksboro Quaker Meeting House, a nearly 200-year-old treasure in our backyard. Thank you, Finn, for your many talents!
The Shelburne Charlotte Hinesburg Rotary granted the Food Shelf a $400 gift toward purchase of food. The Food Shelf has also received support this month from Lili Ruane and the Carmel Hill Fund, Anne Castle, Charlotte Congregational Church, Nancy Wood, Deborah Cook, The Patrick Foundation and John and Nancy Calcagni. It is not often our volunteers are called angels, but that is what Lynn Cluff wrote in a recent note. She also passed along a book from the Concord Free Press and a generous donation. Thanks to all our benefactors!
Numbers report for April through July 2017
April households served: 18, total people 44
May households served: 20, total people 71
June households served: 13, total people 48
July households served: 17, total people 62
Thanks to all who support and assist the Charlotte Food Shelf in our mission of neighbor helping Neighbor.
The Food Shelf will be partnering again this year with the Charlotte Grange to provide winter outerwear for children in need in our community. We’ll be collecting new or gently used boots, hats, gloves, jackets and ski/snow pants for all children through teen sizes. Collection times and locations to be announced.
The food shelf needs healthy cereal for kids, microwave popcorn, crackers, spaghetti sauce, chicken noodle soup, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
We are a volunteer organization, so all donations you make to the Food Shelf go directly for food 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 low as well as 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 Charlotte Food Shelf Distribution Dates
Wednesdays, Aug. 23, Sept. 6 and 20, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, Aug. 24, Sept. 7 and 21, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.