Food Shelf News – June 27, 2018

A coupon, good for a free book from the Charlotte Library, is included with bag lunch items. Bags are available at the library, store and church for families to take. Photo by Susan Ohanian

Thank you!
We celebrate a community-spirited reaching out to embrace those who may need a little boost.

This month, a special thank you to Teresa Meyer, Margaret Berlin, Mary Volk, Lili Ruane, and the Carmel Hill Fund, Friends of the Charlotte Library and library staff, and a host of anonymous donors.

Thank you to Salvation Farms for including us in its mission to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management.

Summer lunch help for families
Beginning the week of June 17 and running through the summer, the Charlotte Library, Spear’s Corner Store and the Charlotte Congregational Church (403 Church Hill Rd.) are partnering together to provide lunch assistance for families with children and youth. Bags with lunch items will be available discreetly at the library, store and church for families to take. A coupon, good for a free book, is included. Readers of all ages can use this at the Charlotte Library to choose a book to keep. Vouchers will also be available at all three locations—good for a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread from Spear’s Corner Store.

A warm thank you for the generous donations we have received from the wider community to make this program possible. Enough has come in already to fund the anticipated costs of the food portion of the program for the whole summer! What an amazing community we live in, and how good it is to be partners together in caring for one another.

If you have questions, please contact Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen at (802) 425-3176 x11.

Bake for Good
On Thursday, July 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the Charlotte Library will host its second annual Bake for Good event. Kids ages 9 and up and seniors can sign up to join the fun at the Charlotte Senior Center to make, bake and donate delicious rolls and bread. Participants will get a sample to take home, and the rest of the baked bounty will go to the Charlotte Food Shelf and the Senior Center.

Sponsored by King Arthur Flour. Registration is required. Kids and seniors should sign up at the Senior Center

Important upcoming Food Shelf distribution dates
Wednesdays, July 11 and 25. 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, July 12 and 26. 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.

The Food Shelf is a volunteer organization, and all donations go directly for food and/or assistance to our local neighbors in need of assistance.  Checks may be mailed to Charlotte Food Shelf & Assistance, P.O. 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/times are also posted on the bulletin board in the Charlotte Congregational Church Hall and at the Charlotte Senior Center. You may also call the Food Shelf at (802) 425-3252 for a recording of the distribution times.