“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

Two Drop-off Days for Turkey/Fixings

Cartoon turkey wearing a black pilgrim hatThanksgiving is just one week away! Again this year, the Colchester Food Shelf would like to be able to provide our clients with turkeys and dinner fixings to help everyone have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays. As you browse the sale items in your local grocery stores, please keep your friends and neighbors in mind. Every donation, large or small, helps others in the community!

Some suggested donations for the holiday meal includes stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, potatoes (fresh or instant), the ingredients of green bean casserole (green beans, mushroom soup, and crispy fried onions), and, of course, turkeys.

With only two donation days remaining before clients pick up their turkeys and fixings for Thanksgiving, we still have room in our freezers. We will be open for donations during our regular hours today, Thursday, November 15, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Can’t make it today? We are also open special hours on Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for donations.

Looking to make a donation outside of our regular hours? There is a drop box at the Burnham Memorial Library. Non-perishable items only, please!

Thank you again for your continued support!

Turkey Talk and Special Saturday Hours

Cartoon TurkeyThe Colchester Food Shelf is preparing for Thanksgiving and is looking once again to you, our loyal Colchester residents, who have continued to be wonderful, generous, and reliable supporters of the food shelf. We would like to be able to offer dinner fixings along with a turkey to food shelf clients and are looking for the following: boxed scalloped potatoes, turkey gravy, green bean casserole ingredients, boxed stuffing mix, and cranberry sauce.

We will be turning on our freezers to accept turkeys (14-16 lbs is a good size) beginning Tuesday, November 13. Distribution to clients will be Monday, November 19.

Please make donations during our hours listed below. Please do not leave food items outside the door of the food shelf.

Hours for Client Shopping and Donations:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Special Hours for Donations:
Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Regular donations accepted, but especially turkeys and Thanksgiving dinner fixings.

Questions? Contact Marcia Devino at marciadevino@colchesterfoodshelf.org or (802) 863-5403.

A small clock and the words "Extended Hours"

Just a quick reminder. Tomorrow (Saturday, November 10) is the second Saturday of the month. The Colchester Food Shelf will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. for those in need of our services and for donations. Our volunteer staff will be available to receive donations and/or to help clients with their monthly shopping trip.

Thank you for your continued support and Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Stop in and see us!

Last Day of October Hannaford Cookbook Benefit

Vegetables and a reminder to pick up a cookbook at Hannaford.Happy Halloween!

Along with Halloween comes the last day of the month-long Hannaford fresh Cookbook promotion benefiting the Colchester Food Shelf at the 21A Essex Way store in Essex Junction.

When you run out to buy last-minute candy or gifts, consider picking up a copy of the fresh Cookbook! We receive a $5 donation for each fresh Cookbook purchased at the Essex Way location through the end of the day today, October 31. This fresh Cookbook fundraiser is a great way to aid our mission while finding inspiration for tasty meals for your family and friends.

To those trick-or-treating tonight, be safe and have fun!

AmazonSmile Donating 10x the Donation Rate Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

Info about AmazonSmileAre you already an Amazon shopper? Today (October 29) through November 2, AmazonSmile is donating ten times the usual donation rate for eligible purchase on AmazonSmile. Almost all products on Amazon.com are available using AmazonSmile. You can shop for items you typically purchase, and at no cost to you, 5% of all sales will be donated to your charity of choice. To have your purchases from AmazonSmile benefit the Colchester Community Food Shelf, visit smile.amazon.com/ch/45-1742002 (or Smile.Amazon.com and select the Colchester Community Food Shelf as your charity). Help us spread the word! #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile

October Hannaford Cookbook Benefit Continues

Picture of cupcakes and a reminder to purchase Hannaford fresh CookbooksWe are just over halfway through the month of October and the fresh Cookbook fundraiser benefiting the Colchester Food Shelf. As of October 13, a $25 donation to the CCFS had been generated through fresh Cookbook sales at Hannaford. Every little bit helps!

Thank you to everyone that has visited the Hannaford at 21A Essex Way location in Essex and purchased a fresh Cookbook! With 14 days left in October, there is still time to visit the store and pick up a fresh Cookbook for you, a family member, or a friend.

The newly released fresh Cookbook contains the best fresh Magazine recipes that Hannaford customers have enjoyed for years. These recipes are perfect for everyday cooking and special occasions. And by purchasing the cookbook, you’ll receive $15 in valuable coupons for products you can find on Hannaford’s shelves.

We thank you for your support. For more information about the fresh Cookbook fundraiser at Hannaford visit www.hannafordcookbook.com.

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