Food Shelf News

By Kerrie Pugh | Contributor 

Thank you

Thank you to Rita Murphy for the eggs and leeks. Thank you to Ron Purdum for dropping off tomatoes, green and yellow squash, green beans, beets and cucumbers. All the families went home with a bag full of fresh vegetables, along with bread, milk, canned goods and meat.

We appreciate the donations from Laura White, Lee Minkler, the Morrison family, Margaret Berlin, Ann Castle, Deborah Cook, Jonathan and Michelle Peters, Charles and Elizabeth DesLauriers, and Lili Ruane. Thank you to the organizations that continue to support us: the Carmel Hill Fund, Charlotte Organic COOP, Charlotte Congregational Church members, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Charlotte Grange. Our community recently raised $4,770 to cover our shortfall and safely bring us to last year’s financial position at this time.

The Food Shelf assisted 31 household visits in April, 24 in May and 21 in June.

Volunteers needed

Can you help us harvest the garden at the Charlotte Congregational Church on the Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of the week of food shelf distributions? Thank you to the gardeners who have been keeping the weeds down. This week’s harvest included cucumbers, eggplant, green peppers and beets. Call Karen 425-3252 if you can help weed or harvest.

Wish list

The beginning of the school year is just around the corner. We appreciate donations of school supplies and after-school snacks this time of year. They may be dropped off at any of our drop-off locations (see below).


We are a volunteer organization, so all donations you make to the Food Shelf go directly for food or assistance to our local neighbors in need. Thank you so much for considering donating today. Checks may be mailed to Charlotte Food Shelf & Assistance, P.O. Box 83, Charlotte, VT 05445.

New Facebook page

“Like” us at our new Facebook page, Charlotte Community Food Shelf and Assistance, where you can see photos and get updates on all Food Shelf activities.

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 and times are posted on page 21 and on the bulletin board in the Charlotte Congregational Church hall. You may also call the Food Shelf number (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 visit our website at