A truckload of holiday boxes prepared by students at Charlotte Central School. Photo by Cindi Robinson.

It won’t be warm till the snow gets off the mountain, and the snow won’t get off the mountain till it gets warm.
Talk Less and Say More, Vermont Proverbs, Wolfgang Mieder

May the generosity of our community send out rays of warmth to everybody.

A number of financial contributions came in right after the last news deadline a month ago, so here’s a catch-up of many thanks: Karol Josselyn, Ben and Nan Mason, Diane and Emile Cote, Damon Silverman Family, Laura Iglehart, John and Christy Hagios, Stuart Bennett and Pati Naritomi, Margaret Berlin, James and Virginia Foster, anonymous Charlotte Central School parent.

Some gifts come with a special notation: Donna and Remo Pizzagali in honor of Roberta Wood; Kate Silverman in honor of Charlotte Central School 6th grade teachers, Chloe Silverman in honor of CVU Chittenden Core teachers and coaches for cross country and Nordic ski teams.

The parishioners of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church gave 41 bags of food to stock our shelves; Horsford Gardens and Nursery gave beautiful balsam wreaths; the generosity of the Greenbush Road Blackberry Stand is ongoing.

If your name is ever missing from this list, please know that with the number of people involved from the mail box or the Food Shelf door to my e-mail, slip-ups are inevitable. Just send me a note and I’ll rectify the omission as soon as possible. We always want to shout out a salute to people who make the Food Shelf possible.

And here’s a shout out to the 44 people working behind the scenes (and out of newspaper notice): Food Shelf office work, shoppers, stockers, orders and receiving, and a myriad of ongoing tasks that the rest of us never know about. Please stop what you’re doing and give a smile of thanks to these people who do what they do because they know it is right.

Important distribution dates at the Charlotte Congregational Church
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 27: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 14, 28: 7:30 a.m. – 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 available 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.

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. Should you wish to honor someone with a donation, a special acknowledgement will be sent to that person. 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. Please check the expiration date on donated items.

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.

Baked goods for the “Hunger is Hard” (Baking is Easy) group can be dropped off on the Wednesday distribution dates by noon at the Congregational Church or at Holly Rochefort’s house at 86 Spear Street, where a bin sits on the porch.

The Charlotte Food Shelf is located on the lower level of the Charlotte Congregational Church vestry. Distribution days/times are posted on bulletin boards in the Charlotte Congregational Church Hall, at the Charlotte Library and at the Charlotte Senior Center. You may also call the Food Shelf at (802) 425-3252 for a recording of the distribution times.