“Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach to someone that might need a lift.”

― Pablo Valle

January 19: Grocery Pick-up

A person that looks very cold!

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19: FOOD SHELF HOURS: 12 NOON TO 6 PM

Please WEAR A MASK, even while waiting in your car. Volunteers are also wearing masks. If you can wear double masks for a short time, it would be much appreciated. We want to keep everyone safe, visitors and volunteers alike.

We are checking everyone’s proof of residency for 2022. Documentation should be a bill, such as a utility bill, insurance bill, etc., or a mortgage/lease agreement. A Vermont Hunting/Fishing license or auto insurance paperwork can be used as well if they contain your current home address. Unfortunately, a driver’s license and/or car registration can NOT be used for proof of residency.

Weather permitting, there are two tables outside the Food Shelf with miscellaneous items. Please take only what you will use. There are also still some winter coats on a coat rack during open hours.

Information on Food Shelf Closure(s)
If Colchester schools are closed due to weather, the Food Shelf will also be closed. So, if weather (winter weather) is questionable, please check for Colchester school closures.

Donors, please do not leave donations outside the building when we are not open. Generally, volunteers are not available to stop by to check for donations on a daily basis. We have had some donations left outside which caused items to freeze and they had to be discarded. Volunteers are at the Food Shelf on Wednesdays at 11 AM to prepare for the day. Please feel free to stop by and drop off donations between 11 AM and 6 PM on Wednesdays.

Help us spread the word to those that may not see the Front Porch Forum, Facebook, or website posts!

PLEASE STAY SAFE AND WELL!

Where Can You Find Us?
The Food Shelf is located at 245 Main Street, Colchester, between Claussen’s Greenhouse and Union Memorial School.

Our mailing address for donations is Colchester Food Shelf, PO Box 625, Colchester, Vermont 05446.

Questions? Email info@colchesterfoodshelf.org. We can also be reached by phone at 802-879-2444. If you call outside our Wednesday hours, please leave a message.

Year-to-Date by the Numbers

As these unusual times persist, the Food Shelf continues with significant changes for the safe distribution of groceries for both our clients and volunteers. Our statistics for the last three months of 2020 included: 292 visits to the Food Shelf for an 8% increase over 2019 and 769 people served for an 11% increase. Your generous food donations equaled 13,727 pounds which included 200 turkeys and dinner fixing.

Your generous financial donations have allowed us to purchase the 52,830 pounds of groceries plus your 36,194 donated pounds provided 88 pounds of food per each of the 1023 total visits in 2020. Below are the total donations (in pounds) for each quarter of 2020. Additional statistics dating back to 2011 can be found by selecting “Our Impact” from the main menu.

Qtr 1 Donations (in pounds)

Qtr 2 Donations (in pounds)

Qtr 3 Donations (in pounds)

Qtr 4 Donations (in pounds)

Since 2008, the Colchester Food Shelf has been registered as a Network Partner of the Vermont Foodbank. As a Network Partner, food can be purchased at discounted prices, to help supplement food received from the community at large.

The Food Shelf relies for help and supplies on continued donations from Colchester residents, churches, schools, organizations, and businesses.

Where is the food shelf located?
The Colchester Community Food Shelf is located in the old fire station in the village of Colchester.

When is the food shelf open?
COVID-19 Notice: For the health and safety of clients and volunteers, the CCFS is open on WEDNESDAYS ONLY from 12 Noon to 6 PM and the FIRST SATURDAY of each month from 9 AM to 11 AM until further notice.

Need help finding us?
Contact us at 802.879.2444

Colchester Food Shelf

245 Main Street
Colchester, VT 05446

802.879.2444

What’s New? Check out our latest blog posts!

Wondering what has been going on at the food shelf or looking for information about upcoming events? Below are highlights from our most recent blog entries. More entries and information can be found from the What’s New link at the top of the page.

January 19: Grocery Pick-up

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19: FOOD SHELF HOURS: 12 NOON TO 6 PM Please WEAR A MASK, even while waiting in your car. Volunteers are also wearing masks. If you can wear double masks for a short time, it would be much appreciated. We want to keep everyone safe, visitors and...

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January 12: Grocery Pick-up

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12: FOOD SHELF HOURS: 12 NOON TO 6 PM Please WEAR A MASK, even while waiting in your car. If you can wear double masks for a short time, it would be much appreciated. Volunteers are also wearing masks. We want to keep everyone safe, visitors and...

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January 8: Grocery Pick-up

SATURDAY, JANUARY 8: FOOD SHELF HOURS: 9 AM TO 11 AM Please WEAR A MASK, even while waiting in your car. If you can wear double masks for a short time, it would be much appreciated. Volunteers are also wearing masks. We want to keep everyone safe, visitors and...

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