By Susan Ohanian, Contributor

The Food Shelf welcomes two new board members Anne Marie Andriola and Giles Anderson, both longtime food distribution volunteers.

During this difficult COVID year, the Food Shelf has welcomed four additional volunteers: Elaine Edelman, Marcia Vogler, Mary Beth Gilliam and Jim Hyde.

We’re reaching out to tell others in the community that there are more volunteer opportunities if you have a couple hours once a month. Opportunities include Foodbank delivery, stocking shelves, preparing bagged items for distribution, and substitute food delivery driver to elders. We look forward to continued community participation in these challenging times. For information please call: 425-3252.

We extend a special thank you to Diane Cote for 11 years of writing letters to all our community donors. Diane has passed the baton to volunteer Garrett Sadler.

Career Training
Here’s an opportunity for someone looking for a career in food service. The Vermont Food Bank is currently accepting applications for enrollment in its workforce training program, Community Kitchen Academy. Beginning Nov. 1, this seven-week culinary job training program offers hands-on learning from industry professionals in a commercial kitchen; job placement support is offered to students completing this course. For the Burlington program, apply online.

Schedule
The Food Shelf is open the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
For emergency food, call John: 425-3130.

Assistance
The following types of assistance are available:

  • adult preventive dental care assistance
  • emergency assistance with fuel and electric bills

Check the Food Shelf website for more information of different types of assistance and eligibility.

Applications are available at the Food Shelf and online. The website also contains information about other Vermont resources offering further assistance.

Be aware that emergency assistance outside the scope of established programs is possible. Call 425-3252.

The Charlotte Food Shelf is located in the Congregational Church vestry at 403 Church Hill Road. Our organization is run by volunteers, and all donations made to the Food Shelf go directly to nutritious food and assistance to our neighbors in Charlotte and North Ferrisburgh.

Checks may be mailed to Charlotte Food Shelf, P.O. Box 83, Charlotte, VT 05445.

We are looking forward to the holidays that will be here before we know it. The Food Shelf extends a grateful thank you for the ongoing generous community support.