“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

Throwback Thursday – 100th Day of School

Students count food items for the 100th day of schoolIt’s Throwback Thursday! On February 12, the students at Porters Point School and Union Memorial School celebrated the 100th day of school. The students at the schools range from kindergarten to grade 2.

On the 100th day of school, students participated in a number of activities related to the number 100. One of the activities this year was to see if students and families could donate 100 non-perishable food items for the local food shelf. Both schools achieved their goal! The students at each school counted all of the donated items, which were then delivered to the Colchester Food Shelf, where they are checked-in and weighed before being added to the shelves. The two schools donated a combined 304 pounds of food to the Colchester Food Shelf!

The project taught students more than basic math skills. Students learned the importance of giving back to the community, and how helping others can make you feel good at the same time!

AmazonSmile Tripling Donations March 12-31!

Are you already an Amazon shopper? Have you tried AmazonSmile? From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase to 1.5%! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/45-1742002 and Amazon donates to Colchester Community Food Shelf. There is no additional cost to you!

You can find almost any item that you would by from the normal Amazon.com site when using AmazonSmile. The only difference is that Amazon will donate 0.5% of all purchases from AmazonSmile to the charity of your choice (or 1.5% on your first purchase from March 12-31).

Thank you for your continued support of the Colchester Food Shelf!

“Fill-the-Truck” Month … We’re Half Way There!

Volunteers standing together in front of the food pantry shelving.

Volunteers from the CCFS and the Colchester Middle School.

The Food Shelf has been a busy place over the last two weeks. On February 3, we kicked off the 6th year of the Colchester Milton Rotary’s “Fill-the-Truck” event at Shaw’s Supermarket in Colchester. In the days to follow, we had two very helpful student volunteers from the Colchester Middle School that helped process 555 pounds of food!

The event continued on February 10 at Price Chopper in Colchester. Two more student volunteers from the Colchester Middle School helped process another 876.5 pounds of food that had been collected during the second week of the food drive!

Food donations in bins and in bags.

Some of the 876.5 pounds of donations from the Feb. 10 Fill-the-Truck event.

We want to thank our student volunteers, who in the first two weeks combined, helped process over 1,431 pounds of food! Thank you for your part in helping to make a difference in our community!

The “Fill-the-Truck” event doesn’t stop here! The event will continue throughout the month of February. Donations can be made throughout the month of February at the Colchester Police Department, the Burnham Memorial Library, the Re/Max North office at 875 Roosevelt Highway, and the Milton Family Community Center. Please consider supporting the food drive with canned goods or a financial donation.

“The Truck” will also be at the Hannaford Supermarket at 259 Route 7 South in Milton from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17 and Saturday, February 24. Stop by and see us!

Thank you for your continued support of the Colchester Food Shelf! We couldn’t do this without all of you!

Hannaford Helps January Results

A big thank you to all those who purchased Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger reusable bags at the North Ave location in the month of January. The food shelf will be receiving a check from Hannaford for $41.75! Your purchases helped members of our community and the environment at the same time! #HannafordHelps

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