“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
Over the years, donations to Colchester Food Shelf have tended to be a bit slower during the first few months of the year. With that in mind, countless individuals and organizations from throughout our community came together and made the first quarter of 2018 a huge success! We want to send out a BIG THANK YOU to everyone that helped, whether through volunteering, making food, grocery, or monetary donations, or even by helping us spread the word through social media, etc. Every little bit helps!
In the first quarter alone, 9,170.17 pounds of groceries were donated, and $4,958.00 in financial donations. There are a number of groups that made donations and/or held food drives during various events, including, but not limited to the following:
- Bia Diagnostics
- Colchester Lions Club
- Colchester Milton Rotary Club
- Colchester Schools
- Cub Scout Den 2 Wolves from Colchester Pack 655
- Hannaford Supermarket
- Price Chopper
Are you and/or your group/organization planning an event and considering making a Food Drive for the food shelf part of your plan? We can help promote your event on the food shelf website and social media accounts. Please complete the Food Drive Registration Form to let us know about your event.
Thank you again to all of you that continue to help support the Colchester Food Shelf.
We want to send a big shout out to the students, families, and staff at Malletts Bay School. In March, they collected 248.5 pounds of food for the Colchester Food Shelf as part of their “Lucky Day Carnival”! In the fall, Malletts Bay School collected an additional 250 pounds of food donations as part of their “Monster Mash” event. In the two events, they donated a combined 498.5 pounds of food for the food shelf. Way to go @mbsosprey! #WeAreColchester #HelpingTheCommunity #MakeADifference
Help us spread the word! We will be extending our hours at the Colchester Food Shelf to include the second Saturday of the month for the months of April, May, June, and July. We will be open during our regular hours of 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 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.
It’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!
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!