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― Pablo Valle

Wednesday, May 29 – Grocery Hours

Tomato plants.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 FOOD SHELF HOURS: 12 NOON TO 6 PM

The Food Shelf will be open on Wednesday, May 29, from 12 Noon to 6 PM.

REUSABLE BAGS: If you have reusable bags, please bring them with you to the food shelf. Volunteers will use them for your groceries.

VEHICLES: Please line up in front of the school and DO NOT BLOCK either the entrance or exit from the school. If you need to park in Claussen’s parking lot, please DO NOT BLOCK access to the mailbox.

PROOF OF RESIDENCY: Please remember to bring your proof of residency (POR) if you are a new client or have been asked to provide it previously. Examples of PORs are utility bills, medical bills, or any recent document reflecting your name and current Colchester address.

GARDENERS: Are you planning your summer vegetable garden? The Colchester Food Shelf asks you to consider adding an extra row of vegetables to your garden to create an additional bounty to harvest and share with those most in need. Access to fresh, local, and nutritious vegetables can be challenging for our families, and they truly appreciate your efforts and generosity. The following vegetables keep well and are offered as suggestions for you to consider planting: green or wax beans, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, and squash. If you have questions, please email info@colchesterfoodshelf.org. Thank you!

DONATIONS: We appreciate your generosity and if you are thinking of organizing a food drive, please visit our website. On the Donate page of the website, you will find a list of items we stock on the Client Shopping List page. Clients benefit from donations selected from this list. Volunteers are available on Wednesday from 11 AM to 12 Noon to handle donations while they prepare for the day. We also appreciate financial donations which provide funds towards our purchases of food as defined on our shopping lists.

Please note the Food Shelf operations with an all-volunteer staff and financial donations are used to cover the cost of food and utilities. Please visit the Donate page on our website for ways to support our mission.

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

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 in Review: 2022

As these unusual times persist, the Food Shelf continues with significant changes for the safe distribution of groceries for both our clients and volunteers. The fourth quarter of 2022 included: 360 visits to the Food Shelf and 984 people served. Your generous food donations for the quarter totaled 13,420 pounds, which included turkeys and dinner fixing.

Throughout 2023, we received 28,237 pounds of groceries! Below are the total donations (in pounds) for each quarter. Additional statistics dating back to 2011 can be found by selecting “Our Impact” from the main menu.

2023 Qtr 1 Donations (in pounds)

2023 Qtr 2 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 between Claussen’s Greenhouse and Union Memorial School in the old fire station in the village of Colchester .

When is the food shelf open?
The CCFS is open on Wednesdays from 12 Noon to 6 PM and the First Saturday of each month from 9 AM to 11 AM.

Need help finding us?
Contact us at 802.879.2444

Colchester Food Shelf

245 Main Street
Colchester, VT 05446

802.879.2444

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Wednesday, May 29 – Grocery Hours

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