Dear Most Generous Colchester Residents,
Thank you so very much for your great generosity throughout the year but especially during this holiday season! Your financial donations matched our expenses, which is what is suppose to happen in non-profit organizations. Turkeys and fixings were available for all clients who had signed up to receive one. We were still able to fill two freezers for winter distribution and share some with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
You have donated over twenty-nine thousand pounds of food, forty-five hundred of that was during the month of November. In 2016 the food shelf had 1148 client visits and provided food for 3153 people.
Without your generosity, along with all our volunteers, we would not be able to serve those in need in our community. Thank you again and we extend our best wishes for a healthy and peaceful new year!
Marcia Devino and All the Members of the Board of Directors
There are many ways that you can connect with the food shelf but here are at least four ways:
DONATE MONEY OR FOOD ITEMS:
High demand food items are: pasta sauce, peanut butter, jellies, hearty soups, canned fruits and non-refrigerated juices.
If you are making a donation, please do your best to come by the food shelf during our regular hours. Tuesday/Thursday 11-1:30 p.m. and Wednesday 3:30-6:00 p.m.
VOLUNTEER A FEW HOURS A MONTH: Most volunteers sign up for one shift a month (2.5 hours). If you would like to hear more about what is involved, please call the food shelf, 879-2444, and leave your name and contact information. We will return you call. You can also email Marcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHOP ON AMAZON SMILE: If you are an Amazon shopper, look at using AmazonSmile, where you can list your favorite charity. Of course, we would suggest the Colchester Community Food Shelf Inc. Quarterly, they will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the food shelf.
USE the services of the food shelf if you need help. For some, it is hard to go to places like the food shelf but know that we are there to help you through some difficult times. The only requirement is that you show proof that you are a Colchester resident, such as a utility bill. When things are better and you don’t need us anymore, you can DONATE or VOLUNTEER.
Thank you again for your support.
As you are doing your holiday shopping, we hope that you will try to support local businesses, as many local businesses support the Colchester Community Food Shelf. However, if you do find that you are shopping online, you can support the food shelf by shopping on AmazonSmile.com.
For those of you that have shopped and/or plan to shop on Amazon.com, if you go to AmazonSmile.com, you will find the same low prices and selection as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charity of your choice.
If you haven't tried AmazonSmile yet, it's quick and easy. Go to AmazonSmile.com from your favorite web browser. The first time you visit AmazonSmile.com, you will be prompted to select a charity of your choice. To support the CCFS, select Colchester Community Food Shelf Inc. when prompted. Shop as you normally would. Eligible products will be marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages. Happy shopping!
A big thank you to everyone that has supported the Colchester Community Food Shelf. The CCFS has been able to help approximately 4,200 households and over 11,800 people between July 2011 and March 2015. We wouldn't be able to reach so many people without your help. Charts with the monthly breakdowns of households and people served can be found on the News and Events page.
You can make a difference!
We are grateful to the Colchester Center Fire Department and Colchester Fire District #3 for use of the old fire station at a substantially discounted rate and for their generous contribution of $2000 to these renovations. In addition, we have received a grant from the State of Vermont to cover an additional portion of the needed renovations, however it won't be enough. Please make a gift today to support this one time appeal for building renovations.
Your donation will help!
CCFS Board President