Shelburne Food Shelf announces “Food That’s In When School is Out”

The Shelburne Food Shelf, in collaboration with the Shelburne Community School and local business and faith communities, is providing breakfast and lunch during the summer for Shelburne children who normally get free meals during the school year.

The program is modeled on similar programs in other Vermont towns. It provides a week’s worth of breakfast and lunch staples to each child for the nine weeks of summer vacation. Families will pick up these items at the Shelburne Community School on Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6pm starting June 22. To ensure sufficient food, families must sign up prior to the first distribution. If you or someone you know would benefit from this program, you are urged to contact the Shelburne Community School or Shelburne Food Shelf to sign up.

There are three different breakfast and lunch menus that will rotate during the summer. Staples include cereals, eggs, bread, fruit, cheeses, various lunch proteins, snacks, juices, and milk. The Shelburne Food Shelf is able to initiate this program thanks to the generous donations from community members during 2016 and 2017. If all goes smoothly and funding continues, they hope to continue the program next year.

Since this is the first year of the program, the Shelburne Food Shelf needs volunteers for three different roles: 1) Help with food distribution; 2) Help receiving items from vendors at the school (it would be helpful to have the ability to receive texts to take on this job); and 3) Help with irregular pickup and deliveries of food to the school (a large car, pickup or SUV would be helpful for this task). If you have some time and would like to help, you can sign up for these tasks via the Shelburne Food Shelf’s SignUpGenius page.

To volunteer, go to the volunteer page on their website (http://www.shelburnefoodshelf.org/volunteer-.html) and click on the SignUpGenius button.

If you have not volunteered with the Food Shelf previously, you will need to fill out the volunteer paperwork, which can be downloaded from the same volunteer page and emailed or snail mailed to the Shelburne Food Shelf.

The Shelburne Food Shelf and the Shelburne Community School thank all who have so generously given of their time and money to make this program a reality.

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