BRATTLEBORO >> During the week of Aug. 8 through 13, the food shelves in southeastern Vermont will be collecting healthy lunch and snack foods and school supplies for the children and families served in their communities.
With the public's help the food shelves can provide some assistance to families at a time when their budgets are stretched thin to buy clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies for their children.
The food shelves that are participating in the Back to School Food and Supplies Drive include Our Place in Bellows Falls (802-463-2217), Chester-Andover Family Center (802-875-3236), Guilford Cares Food Pantry (802-257-0626),Groundworks Collaborative Food Shelf, Brattleboro (802-257-5415), Putney Foodshelf (802-387-8551), Springfield Family Center (802-885-3646) and Townshend Community Food Shelf (802-365-4348).
For more information, call the food shelf closest to where you live or work or look for the posters in your town. These seven organizations are working together to improve access to healthy local food.
Requested food items to donate include: peanut butter, tuna fish, crackers, raisins, apple sauce, snack pudding or fruit cups, and non-sugary cereals. School supplies suggested by a local teacher include: No. 2 pencils, pens, markers, crayons, colored pencils, zipper pencil cases, folders, paper (lined, instruction, and plain) composition notebooks and 1 inch binders.
More than 20,000 children in Vermont and one in four children in Windham County are food insecure at some time during the year. Food insecurity is defined as the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to a lack of financial resources.
The Healthy Harvest Network is a partnership of our southern Vermont food shelves and organizations concerned with food insecurity, access to healthy local food, and community education.
For more information contact Lisa Pitcher at 802-463-2217.