By Susan Ohanian

Thank you
Thank you for the support this month from Meg Berlin, Jennifer Cote, Janet Morrison and an anonymous donor. Many wonderful baked items, including brownies, muffins and cookies, were received from the fabulous Baker Volunteers and coordinator Holly Rochefort. Nancy Smith and Stacey Dobrowolski have been supplying the food shelf with fresh eggs. Thanks to our community gardeners who are planning to plant a little extra to help out our neighbors this growing season.

The Postal Service Mail Carriers are planning their May Food Drive for May 12
Items needed include canned tomatoes, soups, unsweetened canned fruit, kid-friendly cereal and toilet paper. A special thank you to the hard working mail carriers for their dedicated service to the community and to all who participate in this annual food drive.

Books, books, books
The Food Shelf has a book table. Young readers from infant through teenage years are encouraged to take home a new book. A longtime reading teacher is available to help, but kids are encouraged to choose for themselves.

Important upcoming 2018 Charlotte Food Shelf distribution dates
Wednesdays, May 9 and May 23, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, May 10 and May 24, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Financial assistance
As a reminder, the Food Shelf has some funds available for emergency assistance with fuel and electric bills. You may contact Cindi at (802) 425-3234 if you need assistance.  

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. 

Wish list
We need granola bars, kids healthy cereal, crackers, popcorn, pudding cups, trail mix, spaghetti sauce, shelf Parmesan cheese, vegetable, creamed soup, beef and chicken noodle soups, tissues, body lotion. 

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. Checks may be mailed to Charlotte Food Shelf & Assistance, PO Box 83, Charlotte, VT 05445. Thank you.

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 on the bulletin board in the Charlotte Congregational Church Hall. You may also call the Food Shelf at (802) 425-3252 for a recording of the distribution times.  

New Facebook Page.
Go to our Facebook page, Charlotte Community Food Shelf and Assistance, and  see photos and updates on all Food Shelf activities. And you can “like” us.