PUTNEY >> According to the Vermont Foodbank, one in four people in Vermont struggles with hunger.
The Putney Foodshelf, a non-profit organization that depends on volunteers and donors, provides healthy supplemental food for area people in need.
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of Hunger Action Month, the Putney Foodshelf wants to Top the Truck parked in the driveway beside the Next Stage building on Kimball Hill. The goal is to fill the truck to the brim with bags of healthful, non-perishable foods. Volunteers will meet your car at curbside to take your donation. Monetary donations will also be accepted. This event takes place, rain or shine.
Sponsors of the Top the Truck drive are Basketville, Soundview Paper Company, and Putney General Store and Pharmacy.
Preferred non-perishable items include canned foods of all kinds (tuna fish, fruits, meats, soups and chili, vegetables), cereals, pastas and pasta sauce, boxed meals (macaroni & cheese, hamburger helper), and rice. The Putney Foodshelf counts on donations to help those who are struggling to feed their families. In 2015, the Putney Foodshelf served more than 6,310 people. This number represents an unduplicated total of 75 or so households.
The Putney Foodshelf is open twice a week at its location in the Putney Community Center (side ramp entrance): Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m.
Additional Putney Foodshelf programs include food demonstrations once a month which feature available fresh produce. Teaching people how to prepare healthy foods easily and simply encourages healthy eating. The Family Food Bag program serves 10 families (approximately 50 individuals) at Putney Central School, who receive a bag of food on Fridays to assure adequate nutrition over the weekend. In partnership with the Vermont Foodbank, the Putney Foodshelf supports a food drop on the fourth Thursday of every month at Putney Meadows. This food drop includes primarily fresh produce and is aimed at helping those who can't get to the Foodshelf. In another program, the Healthy Harvest Network, seven food shelves in the area have joined together to process food for distribution to the hungry.
The Putney Library will invite conversation on Tuesday, Sept. 27, about hunger in the Putney community and what the Putney Foodshelf does to meet the needs of hungry people, in a program entitled, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Putney Foodshelf but Never Asked: A Kick-Off to Top the Truck." This event will take place at the Putney Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as preparation for the Top the Truck event the next day.