Food Shelf News

By Kerrie Pughe | Contributor 

Holiday basket thanks

Some thanks from the recipients of the holiday baskets:

“I’m on Social Security and it helps me out so much as I am in my 80s. God bless the Food Shelf, volunteers and donors!”

The food basket and gifts were much appreciated. I work two jobs and lost my second job so it was helpful. My grandson who lives with me loved his puzzles and clothes. Thanks very much!”

Thanks so much. The kids loved them all.” 

Thank you so much for everything YOU do! My son appreciated all the wonderful gifts he got!!”

The Food Shelf provided holiday baskets overflowing with food and gifts to 28 local families this season. This represents 115 community members, including 47 children. Thank you to the families and staff of Charlotte Central for generously starting the baskets. We want to thank all those who contributed to, assembled and distributed the baskets. We appreciate all the baking, knitting, and crafting.

A big thank you to the following volunteers: Diane Cote, Lynn Cluff, Ken Oboz, Paula Joslin, Bob Chutter, Nina Falsen, Licia Brown, Linda Gilbert, Cindi Robinson, Nancy Calcagni, Karen and Bill Doris, Janet Landrigan, John Lavigne, Sara Scranton, Laura Iglehart, Susanna Kahn, Deb Stone, Kerrie Pughe, Cindy Tyler, Liz DesLauriers, Rick Knight, Stephanie Wells, Nanci Bloch, Carol Chenevert, Avery Kidd, Sue Hall and Liz Foster.

As always, a big thank you to Boy Scout Troop 615 for helping to distribute the baskets: David Tsounis, Zackery Aubin, Andrew Gay, Keagan Bothwell, Sam Zimmerman, Stuart Robinson and troop leaders Seth Zimmerman and Mike Robinson.

Thanks to the generosity of the Charlotte/Shelburne Rotary, each family was provided with a turkey for their holiday meal. Thank you to Eileen Schilling for the beautiful wreaths for each family, and thank you to Jean Cowles of Arizona for the handmade angel ornaments. Thank you to EatingWell for the donation of baking supplies, organized by Teresa and delivered by Paula Joslin, our new Wednesday evening volunteer. Thank you to Tracy and Lanie Boudin for the homemade Christmas cookies, and thanks to our Secret Santa for the movie tickets for the teenagers.

Thanks to the CCD children of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for the handmade cards to adorn the baskets. Thank you to all the shoppers from Charlotte Congregational Church and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for the generous gifts to fulfill children’s wishes from the Giving Trees. A special thank you to the Frank Family and WOWToyz for the wonderful gifts for the children. The hats, gloves, mittens and baby sweaters from the Library Knitters were wonderful and much appreciated. Thank you to Susanna Kahn for doing all the shopping to complete the baskets!

Thank you to those who donated to the Food Shelf in honor or memory of friends, family or co- workers:

Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Cote in honor of their parents Emile and Diane Cote;

Barry and Susan Cluff in honor of their brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Lynn Cluff and family;

Roberta Wood in honor of her friends Remo and Donna Pizzagalli; Jr and Leslie Lewis in memory of Cowboy and Arline Lewis;

Thompson’s Point summer resident Deborah Cook in honor of her fellow summer neighbors Jodi and Jeff Smith and Karen and Bill Bruett;

Remo and Donna Pizzagalli in honor of Roberta Wood; and Tom and Marie-Pierre Jackson in honor of Kim Findlay.

We appreciate the support from Susan Mackenzie, Jessie Snyder , Robert and Aileen Chutter, Susan and Hans Ohanian, Gary and Janet Landrigan, Aileen Kraus, Eileen Schilling, Henri Proutt, Andrew Prescott, Ken Oboz and Nina Falsen, Chris and Suzanne Davis, David and Sheila Duffy, David and Marilyn Perrin, Elizabeth Vigil, Deborah Cook, Irene and Jeffrey Horbar, Cynthia Marshall, Nancy and Jack Barnes, Luella Aube and Jeannette Myers-Whitney, Susan and James Hyde, the Ruth and Peter Metz Family Foundation, Walter and Joan Gates, Robert and Kathryn Mesaros, Bill and Gerry Leckerling, Joseph and Jennifer Dickerman, Toni and Robert Monsey, Elizabeth and John Bassett, Henry and Carleen Tufo, Karol Jane Josselyn, Tim and Mary Volk, Lynn and Greg Cluff, Emile and Diane Cote, and Benjamin and Anne Mason.

We appreciate the support from local businesses and organizations: Horsford Nursery, Village Wine and Coffee, Shelburne-Charlotte Garden Club, Charlotte Organic COOP, Custom Tones, Global Maritime Transportation Services, Inc. A special thank you to FedEx Express for the financial donation and the 105 pounds of nonperishable food delivered to the Food Shelf by Rosemary Laberge.

And a big thank you to the Hagios family for the donation of the proceeds from their summer berry stand. The Hagios family (John, Christy, Olivia, Greta and Ray) would like to thank Bill Roberts, Katherine, Jo, Ted Roberts, Beth Systma and Pam Darling for their help with picking berries for the Greenbush Berry Stand. $1,188 was donated…that is a lot of berries! Thanks so much for all the hard work and scratches that come with berry harvesting.

Thank you for the preschool snack donations delivered and shelved by the Charlotte Children’s Center Voyagers Monny, Blakely, Logan and Laina.

Thank you for the offer of community service from teacher Nancy Mathews and her students from CCS. They will be stocking our shelves for us after the Foodbank deliveries.

New Facebook page

Like us at our new Facebook page “Charlotte Community Food Shelf and Assistance” to see photos and get updates on all the Food Shelf activities.

Wish list

With the kids back in school after the holiday break, we would like to provide healthy after-school snacks—raisins and other dried fruit, fruit cups, pretzels, granola bars, rice cakes, peanut butter and crackers.

Looking for volunteers

We still need of additional volunteers. We need substitutes to help us with the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning food distributions. Please call Nancy at 425-6116 if you can help. We’d also like to welcome our newest volunteers, Kristen Faulkner and Paula Joslin!


Please consider a donation to the food shelf. All donations go directly for food and/or 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. Checks can be mailed to Charlotte Food Shelf & Assistance,

P.O. Box 83,

Charlotte, VT 05445.

Donated food drop-off locations: All nonperishable 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/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 425-3130.

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

For more information call Karen at 425-3252 or v

isit our website at

Upcoming Charlotte Food Shelf Distribution Dates

Thursday, Jan. 28, 7:30–9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5–7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 7:30–9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5–7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30–9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 9, 5–7 p.m.

Thursday, March 10, 7:30–9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 23, 5–7 p.m.

Thursday, March 24, 7:30–9:30 a.m.