Next month’s Charlotte News will include a fulsome “thank you” to the many people and businesses in our community whose generosity makes our work possible throughout the year.
At the Nov. 22 regular Selectboard meeting, Charlotte Food Shelf Secretary Peggy Sharpe informed the town that the food shelf will be moving from its current spot at the Charlotte Congregational Church sometime next year.
People matter! The Vermont Foodbank is a member of Feeding America, which developed out of the idea of one man: John van Hengel.
You scream. I scream. We all scream for zucchini! Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but fresh vegetables are popular—and they are beneficial.
June is National Dairy Month, so we are encouraged to celebrate with everything from cottage cheese to creemees.
The Food Shelf continues to take precautions to help everyone keep safe. Anyone who has a fever or cough—or symptoms that might seem like a cold—should not come to the distributions.
Although Thanksgiving and December holidays are on the horizon, we do want to note that our dedicated volunteers added Halloween festivity to the late October distribution —with a clown, a cowgirl and a boat captain working curbside and a backdrop of orange and black decorations, cobwebs, a pumpkin, and spooky eyes lighting up the entrance.
Throughout the year, the Food Shelf rejoices in the ongoing stories of our community reaching out many helping hands. Many contributions are anonymous and go unrecognized but certainly not unappreciated. This month we celebrate our library and its great dilly pickle event.
Rick Bragg’s The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Southern Table is a wonderfully poignant, funny and rollicking food memoir, as well as a loving tribute to his mother.
One of the most widespread of wild plants, all parts of the dandelion are edible: root, leaves and flowers. The leaves are an excellent source of vitamin C and all parts are rich in vitamin A and iron. Alice Waters recommends a salad of dandelion leaves, shallots, fennel, small red radishes and lemon zest.
The name “pansy” is derived from the French word pensée, “thought,” and so we see Ophelia distributing flowers while saying, “There’s pansies, that’s for thoughts.” We would say “good, generous thoughts” to the Horsford Gardens and Nursery for their gifts.
For the last print issue of The Charlotte News, a group of Charlotte citizens came together in a virtual brainstorming session to see how they could help all residents of our town. We started a listing of opportunities to help our residents cope with the current situation. That list has grown; as this continues, we will make information available through both the published edition of The News and also in periodic email versions.
Please know that the Food Shelf is taking precautions to help everyone keep safe. Anyone who has a fever or cough—symptoms that might seem like a cold–should not come to the Wednesday or Thursday distributions. Also, don’t come if you’ve been in contact with anyone who has these symptoms. Instead, call and leave your name and number. You will receive a call back to arrange for food to be delivered. This procedure will help keep families and volunteers safe. Call:425-3252
In these cold, wintry months, the Food Shelf has felt the strong touch of many warm, friendly hands. We are happy to report that December ended and January began with many generous gifts. And so we start off the harsh cold of the New Year with a warm, loud shout of “Thank you!” to the friendly hands and hearts of our community.
A big thank you to all those who donated gently used children’s winter outerwear to the Charlotte Grange rummage sale. Cindi Robinson reported on the great quality of this clothing, including several pairs of boots that were brand new. As a great example of community units working together, the Grange, instead of selling any of this clothing to fund their own needs, donated it to the Food Shelf. On behalf of the children, we extend a big thank you to the Grange and to the people who donated the clothing.
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.
The December holidays already seem like a long time ago, but we want to send special thanks for the kindness that abounds in our community.
We wish Happy Holidays to the generous Charlotte community. Fitting for the season, our list of special thanks is…
Thank you for the support this month from Meg Berlin, Jennifer Cote, Janet Morrison and an anonymous donor. Many wonderful baked items, including brownies, muffins and cookies, were received from the fabulous Baker Volunteers and coordinator Holly Rochefort. Nancy Smith and Stacey Dobrowolski have been supplying the food shelf with fresh eggs. Thanks to our community gardeners who are planning to plant a little extra to help out our neighbors this growing season.
Thank you for the support this month from Charlotte Organic COOP, Julia and Daniel Cavanagh, and Barry and Susan Cluff in honor of Greg and Lynn Cluff. And thank you to Nancy Smith for donating 15 dozen fresh eggs from her flock.