Project Feed the Thousands halfway to its goal

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BRATTLEBORO — The organizers of Project Feed the Thousands are reminding folks that the annual campaign to raise money for the food shelf at Groundworks Collaborative is still going on.

"It's been such a slow year," said Kelli Corbeil, Project co-chairwoman and owner of WTSA Radio. "I'm not sure if people aren't giving or if they are spread too thin with too many places to give, but it's so sad to think of those who won't have food because of it."

"It's super important that we recognize our neighbors in need, people you look at each and every day, struggling to make ends meet," said WKVT radio personality Peter "Fish" Case, vice president of the board of Groundworks. "I want to remind folks that for every $20 you give to an organization such as Groundworks can help supplement the food budget of a family of four for a month."

Currently, Project Feed has received 97,887 meals and $32,017 in cash. The goal is 200,000 meals and $90,000.

On Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., WKVT and WTSA will be hosting a joint fundraising broadcast from the Hannaford supermarket on Putney Road.

"This was the brainchild of myself and the late Bill Corbeil years ago," said Case. "It features a radio station on each end of the building. We decided to call it a Unity for Community event."

Project Feed the Thousands was started in 1994 by Larry Smith, who was then with WTSA radio and George Haynes, formerly of the Brattleboro Savings & Loan. Their initial goal was to fill a single tractor trailer with food for people in the Brattleboro area. Over the years, the need grew. Project Feed has also grown in size and scope. Currently, Project Feed the Thousands collects meals and personal care items for thousands of people in and around six communities across southeastern Vermont and southwestern New Hampshire.

"We rely on it," Josh Davis, executive director of Groundworks Collaborative, told the Reformer in early November. "All of the food shelves in our region are struggling and when the cold season comes, the need is enormous. We could not possibly feed all the individuals we see if it wasn't for Project Feed the Thousands."

Monetary contributions may be sent to Project Feed, c/o River Valley Credit Union, P.O. Box 8366, 820 Putney Rd., Brattleboro, VT 05304.

Nonperishable food and personal care items may be donated at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro's Hannaford and Price Chopper locations, St. Michael's Church on Walnut St. in Brattleboro, all River Valley Credit Union locations and all Brattleboro, Vernon and Guilford schools. Donations are also received outside of Brattleboro at River Bend Farm Market in Townshend, Shaw's in Walpole, N.H., and Wilmington, Walmart in Hinsdale, N.H., the Hinsdale schools, and a long list of other churches and local drop-off points. For a complete list of locations and upcoming events, visit Feedthethousands.org.

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