“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

― Chinese Proverb

Great Loss to Family, Food Shelf, and Community

The Board of Directors of the Colchester Food Shelf would like to honor our long-time board member, Lucien Belisle, who passed away recently. He was a great supporter of the food shelf, always keeping on top of maintenance work for the building and working with his wife, Carmelita, on larger projects like painting the floor several times over the years, as well as their work with the Colchester Lion’s Club, which frequenting benefited the food shelf. We offer our profound gratitude to Lucien and deepest sympathy to Carmelita and their family.

“Fill the Truck” Event in May!

May is just around the corner and the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club will be working to “Fill the Truck” for local food shelves. This will be the 7th year of the “Fill the Truck” event. Thanks to local residents and businesses, over $8,000 and thousands of pounds of food have been donated to the Colchester, Milton and The Champlain Islands food shelves!

The truck will be visiting the following locations from 10 AM to 3 PM:

  • Saturday, May 4 – Shaw’s 66 Mountain View Drive in Colchester
  • Saturday, May 18 – Hannaford’s 259 Route 7 South in Milton
  • Saturday, May 25 – Price Chopper 1184 Prim Road in Colchester

Items most needed:

  • $.$$**
  • Pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Bottled juice
  • Hearty soups
  • Dry pasta (spaghetti and elbow macaroni)
    No expired items, please!
    **Monetary donations are also accepted, and are actually preferred, as the food shelf’s purchasing power is 2-3 times more than yours! Please make checks payable to Colchester Food Shelf.

Can’t make it to one of the weekly events? Non-perishable food items (or checks) can be dropped off at the following locations during the month of May:

  • RE/MAX North Professionals 875 Roosevelt Hwy in Colchester
  • Colchester Police Department 835 Blakely Rd in Colchester
  • Burnham Memorial Library 898 Main St in Colchester
  • Milton Family Community Center 619 – 23 Villemiare Ln in Milton

VT Hunger Facts:
One in five Vermont children experiences hunger or food hardship. 3% of all Vermont households are food insecure. More than 20,000 children under 18 live in food insecure households. Nearly 80,000 Vermonters of all ages live in food insecure households. More VT Hunger Facts at HungerFreeVT.org

Thank You For Your Support!
**Monetary donations also accepted, and actually preferred, as the Food Shelf’s purchasing power is 2-3 times more than yours!

Information about this event was provided by the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club.

February 3SquaresVT Deadline Jan. 15

IMPORTANT DEADLINE ON JANUARY 15 for 3SquaresVT benefits! Please help us spread the word.

Benefits for the month of February are being issued on January 20. The following information is from the link in this post from Hunger Free VT:

DCF needs to complete interviews and receive any required documentation from 3SquaresVT applicants and participants on or before January 15th (Tuesday).

If you need to complete an interview for your 3SquaresVT application, please call the interview line at 1-877-403-7668 right away.

https://www.hungerfreevt.org/government-shutdown/

Giving Tuesday 2018

Giving Tuesday 2018 has arrived! #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement where anyone, anywhere can make a difference, to support and champion the causes you believe in and the community in which you live.

Looking for ways to join the movement? Below are just a handful of ideas of ways you could make a difference today and beyond:

  • Give your time or expertise.
  • Make a monetary donation (large or small).
  • Perform a simple act of kindness.
  • Donate food or clothing to a local charity.
  • Or the easiest of all… Help us spread the word!

Information about how you can get involved with the Colchester Community Food Shelf, as well as a link to make a secure donation can be found at http://colchesterfoodshelf.org/donate/. Let’s make #GivingTuesday 2018 a success!

Giving Tuesday with today's date and map of the world.

Thanksgiving by the Numbers (2018)

Thank you to everyone who donated turkeys, non-perishable food items, money, and/or their time to help the Colchester Food Shelf. Between Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, over 3,000 pounds of food was donated, including 138 turkeys! We also wanted to say thank you to Zachary’s Pizza of Colchester​ for temporarily making room in their freezers for the turkeys again this year!

Let’s keep things going! We are proud to be part of the global celebration of giving again this year. Tomorrow, November 27, is Giving Tuesday. Please consider giving your time, skills, voice, goods, dollars, or whatever you can to help others. Everyone can have an impact! How will you give back? Looking for more information on the global movement? Visit https://www.givingtuesday.org/. #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday Nov. 27, 2018

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