“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

Significant Changes at the Colchester Food Shelf

To Our Clients:
At this time we continue to remain open to distribute groceries to those Colchester residents in need. However, we are significantly changing our days and hours.

Beginning next week (April 1) we will be open

For the health and safety of both clients and volunteers, we will continue to ask that you please remain in your vehicle and form a line to the side door of the building. You will be checked in and asked a few questions about available perishable items. You can then pop open your trunk, and a volunteer will put your bags in your vehicle. we ask that you make sure the trunk or back of your SVU is available for groceries

To First Time Clients:
If you are planning on coming for the first time, please do your best to call ahead, and we will complete most of your registration on the phone. If we are not there, leave a clear message, and we will call you back. You must bring one form of proof of residency – a utility bill, doctor or hospital bill, lease, insurance form, or mortgage. Unfortunately, we cannot accept a driver’s license as proof of residency.

To Our Wonderful Volunteers:
Thank you so much for your help and dedication at the Colchester Food Shelf. We are doing everything we can to keep your time at the CCFS safe.

To Our Generous Colchester Citizens:
At this moment we are keeping up with most grocery needs, but it has become more difficult to purchase items from the local grocery stores in large quantities. Our next order from the Food Bank is not until April 16th. If you can pick up a couple of items when you are at the store, here is what we can use: dry pasta, sauce, macaroni and cheese, Progresso type soups, tuna, jellies, non-refrigerated juice, ketchup, and mustard. To deliver, please park at Union Memorial School (next door to the Food Shelf). We will leave a plastic crate in front school for donations. We would ask that you please only drop off food donations on Wednesdays from 12 PM to 6 PM, when the Food Shelf is open so that we can take care of your donations.

To Everyone:
Stay safe and stay well. Look after each other.

Email us at info@colchesterfoodshelf.org
CCFS is located at 245 Main Street Colchester, between Claussen’s Greenhouse and Union Memorial School
Hours: WEDNESDAYS ONLY from 12 PM (noon) to 6 PM beginning April 1

Curbside Grocery Distributions March 26

The Colchester Food Shelf will be open for regular hours today, Thursday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Food shelves are considered essential and are exempt from the shutdown order that began on March 25.

For the safety of both our clients and volunteers, we will continue to ask that clients remain in their vehicles while at the CCFS. Groceries will be brought out to vehicles by volunteers.

Please check our website and/or Facebook for updates as we continue to monitor the rapidly evolving status of COVID-19 in Vermont. We will share our anticipated schedule for next week in the next day or two.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Important: CCFS Adapting Grocery Distributions

As we, the Board of Directors of the Colchester Community Food Shelf, value the health of our community, our clients and our volunteers, we will be adapting our distribution of groceries beginning this Tuesday, March 17th.

Staying in their vehicle, clients will be guided to the side door of the Food Shelf and their registration information verified and visit recorded. Using the normal shopping list, volunteers will have prepared bags of groceries. The client will be given a choice of a meat product, if they have pets that need food, and volunteers will add milk, eggs, and produce. Groceries will then be brought out to the vehicle.

We hope that this method will not last too long, but it will continue as long as the safety of clients and volunteers needs to be protected.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Colchester Community Food Shelf Board of Directors

Second Saturday on March 14

Reminder, the Colchester Food Shelf will be open this Saturday, March 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., as part of our Second Saturday hours.

If this will be your first time using the food shelf services, please remember to bring your proof of residency with you.

Please help spread the word!

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Second Saturday on Feb. 8

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Reminder, we will be open for monthly shopping and/or donation drop-offs this Saturday, February 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of our “second Saturday” schedule.

If this will be your first time using the food shelf services, please remember to bring your proof of residency with you.

We hope to see you soon! Thank you again for your continued support!

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