Food Shelf News

By Kerrie Pughe | Contributor

Please consider The Charlotte Food Shelf in your holiday giving plans. We are a small, volunteer organization, and your donation dollars mean so much to our Charlotte community. All donations go directly for food and assistance to our neighbors in need. If you are a customer of, you may make a donation to the Food Shelf as part of your online order. Otherwise checks may be mailed to Charlotte Food Shelf & Assistance, P. O. Box 83, Charlotte, VT 05445.

Holiday baskets

Please join us Friday, Dec. 18, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. for the holiday baskets set-up at the Charlotte Congregational Church. No need to sign up to volunteer, just show up! Charlotte Central School staff and families will start a dozen baskets with non-perishable food and other holiday meal items. We will complete over 25 baskets and will include items to create a holiday meal as well as gifts of toys and gift cards for each family. Call 425-3252 if you have questions.

Thank you

Thank you to Charlotte Central School staff and families for the Thanksgiving baskets supplies—what a bounty! Thank you to all who helped create the 25 Thanksgiving baskets: John Lavigne, Sandy Armell, Liz Anderson, Ken Oboz, Karen Doris, Pat Rodar, Gayle Garner, Mary Ellen Hebert, Susanna Kahn, Nancy Calcagni, Cindy Tyler, Nancy Barnes, Laura Iglehart, Peggy Sharpe, Linda Gilbert, Jeri Bergdahl, Lesley Higgins, Maj Eisinger, Nancy Bloch, Lynn Alpeter, Jack Korac, Cindi Robinson and Sienna Searles. Thank you to Boy Scout Troop 615 for helping to distribute the baskets: David Tsounis, Zackery Aubin, Andrew Gay, Keagan Bothwell, Sam Zimmerman, and troop leaders Seth Zimmerman and Mike Robinson. And thank you to the Charlotte/Shelburne Rotary for the turkeys!

We appreciate the generous support from Jessie Snyder, Nancy Pricer, Diane and Peter Rosenfeld, Mark and Eleanor Capeless, Gertrude Gecewicz Jordan  and the Metropoulos family. And thanks to all those who donated to the Food Shelf during the Tractor Parade.

We would like to thank our local businesses and organizations for their support, especially during this holiday season: Charlotte Organic Co-op, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, Village Wine and Coffee and the Charlotte Grange. A special thank you to Rice Lumber for the very generous donation and to The Charlotte News staff for the Thanksgiving basket goodies and cash donation.

We appreciate the donation of six turkeys from Rick and Teresa Pete for our upcoming holiday baskets!

Wish list

We need snacks for kids—raisins and other dried fruits, Goldfish, rice cakes, peanut butter, crackers and pretzels.

We still need additional volunteers and substitutes to help with the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning food distributions. Please call Nancy at 425-6116 if you can help.

Donated food drop-off location

All non-perishable food donations may be dropped off at the Charlotte Library, the Charlotte Congregational Church vestry, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church main entrance or at the Food Shelf during the distribution mornings. We request that all fresh foods be dropped off at the Food Shelf by 7:30 a.m. on the Thursday distribution mornings or before the Wednesday distribution hours.

The Charlotte Food Shelf is located on the lower level of the Charlotte Congregational Church vestry. Distribution days and times are posted in this newspaper and on the bulletin board in the Charlotte Congregational Church Hall. You may also call the Food Shelf (425-3252) for a recording of the distribution times.

We are open to all community residents. Privacy is very important and respected in our mission of neighbor helping neighbor.

For emergency food call John at  425-3130.

For emergency assistance (electricity, fuel) call Cindi at 425-3234.

For more information call Karen at 425-3252 or visit our website at