Shelburne Food Shelf announces longer hours and expanded food availability

The Trinity Church Youth Group donated canned goods to Shelburne Food Shelf on Feb. 7. Church youth conducted a “CAN-struction” building contest where a transportation theme inspired steam ships and airplanes to be erected from canned goods. More than 500 cans of food were donated for the contest, all of which were donated to the Shelburne Food Shelf.
The Trinity Church Youth Group donated canned goods to Shelburne Food Shelf on Feb. 7. Church youth conducted a “CAN-struction” building contest where a transportation theme inspired steam ships and airplanes to be erected from canned goods. More than 500 cans of food were donated for the contest, all of which were donated to the Shelburne Food Shelf.

Starting in February, the Shelburne Food Shelf will offer an eight-fold increase from the monthly hours in 2015. They will be open for food distribution from 9am to 11am on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, and from 5pm to 7pm on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Shoppers are welcome to come to the food shelf twice during the month to select foods for their families. With this doubled shopping opportunity, the food shelf is hoping to provide more sustainable access to food for families in Shelburne.

The addition of a freezer and a new relationship with the Vermont Food Bank is also poised to provide more food variety. As available, fresh eggs, butter, cheese, milk vouchers, fresh bread, frozen meats, fresh or frozen vegetables (provided by Shelburne Farms during growing season) and fresh fruit will be provided to shoppers.

This represents a significant expansion of the services offered by the Shelburne Food Shelf and has been made possible by generous donations from the town and community, Christie Allen of the Shelburne Food Shelf said. For example, donations of bread have come from O Bread Bakery. A reduced cost freezer was purchased from Marcotte Appliances. Electrician services were donated from B&R Electric, and more.

“The Shelburne Food Shelf is extremely grateful for all this support as it strives to provide its shoppers with both good food and a warm and welcoming experience,” Allen said.

For more information visit www.shelburnefoodshelf.org.

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