The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers this March weather observation: When March has April weather, April will have March weather. So maybe we shouldn’t hope too strenuously for warm weather—yet.

The Amelia Earhart observation below is inspiring. Kurt Vonnegut is a bit more direct:

God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.
~ God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Thank you
We’re sending out rays—and roots—of gratitude to Deborah Cook, Anne Castle, Colleen Armstrong, Eileen Schilling and Janet Morrison for their financial help.

Wish list
The next time you go shopping for groceries, think about adding some after-school snacks for kids. On the Food Shelf wish list: Rice Crispies, Cheerios, pudding cups. We also have a need for vegetable oil and toothpaste.

Important distribution dates at the Charlotte Congregational Church:
Wednesdays, March 13, 27: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, March 14, 28: 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 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 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 expiration dates.

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 and 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.