By Kerrie Pughe, Contributor 

The Charlotte Food Shelf is partnering with Salvation Farms to bring more local vegetables to our food shelf families. Salvation Farms, out of Morrisville, is an agriculturally focused nonprofit driven by three primary goals: reducing food loss on farms, increasing the use of locally grown foods and fostering an appreciation for Vermont’s agricultural heritage and future. The farm has been making wholesome Vermont-grown crops available to communities through gleaning, the act of collecting and distributing surplus crops, since 2004. For more information visit salvationfarms.org.

Thank you
Thank you for the support this month from Susan Ohanian, Janet Morrison, Cynthia Marshall and Deborah Davis. Thank you to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel confirmation students for collecting money and nonperishable items after church, a tradition on Super Bowl Sunday. The students call their fund drive Souper Bowl Sunday to bring awareness to those in need during the cold winter months.

Wish list
Granola bars, kids’ healthy cereal, crackers, popcorn, pudding cups, trail mix, spaghetti sauce, shelf parmesan cheese, vegetable, creamed soup, beef and chicken noodle soups. 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.

The Charlotte Food Shelf is located on the lower level of the Charlotte Congregational Church vestry. Distribution days and 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 (425-3252) for a recording of the distribution times.

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.

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 2018 Charlotte Food Shelf Distribution Dates
Wednesdays, March 7 and 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, March 8 and 22, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Wednesdays, April 4 and 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, April 5 and 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.