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― Chinese Proverb

CCFS Will Be Open Sat, Sept. 14

A small clock and the words "Extended Hours"The second Saturday of the month is upon us again. The Colchester Community Food Shelf will be open from 11:00AM to 1:30PM for Colchester residents that need food assistance and for donations. If you are in need of food assistance and are coming for the first time, please remember to bring proof of residency in Colchester. Valid identifications are: utility bills, mortgage, lease, but not a driver’s license. read more…

CCFS Open Saturday, August 10!

It’s that time again! The Colchester Food Shelf will be open this Saturday, August 10, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., as part of our seasonal “Second Saturday” hours, the second Saturday of each month. The extended hours are an effort to help accommodate those that cannot make it to the food shelf during our normal weekday hours due to work or other obligations. Our volunteer staff will be available to receive donations and/or to help clients with their monthly shopping trip. Help us spread the word!

A quick reminder for all the green thumbed folks out in the community. If you are producing more than you can eat, please feel free to share some of your harvest with the Colchester Food Shelf. We would love to have fresh produce to distribute to those we serve in the community. When possible, produce should be dropped off on Tuesday mornings, so that it can be distributed during our open hours Tuesday through Thursday. Produce can also be dropped off this Saturday, during our special “Second Saturday” hours from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Attention Local Gardeners! Producing More Than You Can Eat?

ripe tomatoesAre you in the midst of harvesting and weeding your vegetable gardens? If you are producing more than you can eat, please feel free to share some of your harvest with the Colchester Food Shelf. We would love to have fresh produce to distribute to those we serve in the community. When possible, produce should be dropped off on Tuesday mornings, so that it can be distributed during our open hours Tuesday through Thursday.

Drop-off Hours:
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Stay cool!

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.

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