“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

Thanksgiving Week

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A big THANK YOU to everyone that helped the Colchester Food Shelf prepare for Thanksgiving this year! We will have an update soon with the total number of turkeys donated, as well as a count of food donations (in pounds).

We also wanted to send out a quick reminder about our schedule for the remainder of Thanksgiving week.

Tuesday, November 26 – Open 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
We will be open during our regular hours on Tuesday. Clients can stop in to do their regular monthly shopping. Also, for current clients that signed up to pick up a turkey and fixings, Tuesday is the last day the food shelf will be open before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, November 27 – CLOSED
The food shelf will be CLOSED on Wednesday evening. We will reopen on Tuesday, December 3. Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Last Thanksgiving Drop-Off Day

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Tomorrow, Saturday, November 23, is the last drop-off day for turkeys and dinner fixings for Thanksgiving, which is now just less than a week away! Thanks to generous donors, and no thanks to Mother Nature, our freezers are beginning to fill! We still have a little ways to go to reach our goal of being able to provide our current clients with a turkey and dinner fixings.

If you plan to stop by and see us at the Colchester Food Shelf tomorrow, we will be there to accept donations from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Not sure what items to donate for dinner fixings? Some suggested items include the ingredients for green bean casserole (green beans, mushroom soup, and crispy fried onions), potatoes (fresh or instant), stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and, of course, turkeys.

Special Hours for Donations Only:
Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Regular donations accepted, in addition to turkeys
and Thanksgiving dinner fixings.

We will be distributing Thanksgiving turkeys and fixings to current clients on Monday, November 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Every donation, large or small, helps others in the community! Thank you again for your continued support!

**Update** Closed Today (Nov. 19)

Sorry for any confusion. We have been tracking the weather and other closures in the area. Just after sending out our last update, we realized the Colchester School District changed from a 2-hour delay to being closed.

For consistency, we are staying with our announced plan that if the Colchester schools are closed, then we [CCFS] are closed.

Please drive (and walk) carefully. It’s slippery out there! We will be open during our regular hours tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Open Today Please Drive (and Walk) Safe!

At this time (8:00 a.m.), the Colchester Food Shelf plans to be open during regular hours today, Tuesday, November 19. Due to slippery road conditions, the Colchester School District is on a 2-hour delay. In order to serve clients, we plan to open at our regular time of 11:00 a.m. If you plan to venture out, please drive carefully!

Turkey Talk and Drop-Off Hours

A cartoon turkey and a pumpkin.

The Colchester Food Shelf is preparing for another Thanksgiving season. The freezers will be turned on and ready to go to begin accepting turkeys on Tuesday, November 19.

Our goal is to be able to provide registered clients with a turkey and dinner fixings for Thanksgiving. In order to reach that goal, we anticipate that we will need approximately 100 turkeys.

We are looking for the following items: turkeys (between 14 and 18 pounds is a good size), boxed scalloped or mashed potatoes, green bean casserole ingredients (green beans, cream of mushroom soup, French’s Crispy Fried Onions), boxed stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, and turkey gravy.

Please help us spread the word!

Donations can be made during the hours listed below. Please do not leave food items outside the door of the food shelf during non-business hours.

Hours for Client Shopping and Donations:
Tuesday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20 from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 21 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Special Hours for Donations Only:
Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Regular donations accepted, but especially turkeys and Thanksgiving dinner fixings.

We will be distributing Thanksgiving turkeys and fixings to clients on Monday, November 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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

 

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