Food Shelf News – Aug. 22, 2019

Many many thanks to the generous person who donated a bountiful supply of green beans and butter beans right out of the garden. These were very much appreciated.

Beans appear in a variety of idioms:
full of beans, a hill of beans, beanpole, bean counter, beanball, spill the beans, cool beans!

We could add another one: Generous beans.

Roses are red, violets are blue
I love green beans,
Don’t you love them, too?

The Food Shelf is recipient of generosity from EatingWell. Jessie Price, EatingWell editor in chief, explains this generosity, “We like to find ways to give back to the community that align with the EatingWell mission. Our brand is all about helping people eat deliciously and live their best, healthiest lives. And we believe that all people, regardless of income level, deserve that. That’s why we give to organizations like the Charlotte Food Shelf that help the people right here in our community. We typically do a drive for donations around the holidays, but knowing that the summer is a time of particular need, we decided to do a drive this summer as well.”

Put “Eating Well” and “green beans” in a computer search and you’ll come up with lots of yummy recipes. Our library subscribes to EatingWell, and interested readers will find how very attractive and helpful the magazine is. The library also has three EatingWell cookbooks: The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook, EatingWell in Season:The Farmers Market Cookbook, and EatingWell One Pot Meals. They all have recipes using green beans.
We thank them for their generosity.

Take a lunch
Please remember that a tasty and healthy lunch bag is available for children and youth at the Charlotte Congregational Church, Spear’s Corner Store and the Charlotte Library.

Important Distribution Dates at the Charlotte Congregational Church
Wednesdays, Aug. 28, Sept. 11 and 25: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays, Aug. 29, Sept. 12 and 26: 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 Pat Rodar at (802) 425-3083 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 Pat at (802) 425-3083. For more information call Karen at (802) 425-3252.

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.

Please remember that although diapers are needed it’s better to give money. The Food Shelf can buy diapers at a discount and be sure to get the right sizes.

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.

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 number (802) 425-3252 for a recording of the distribution times.