Turkeys and other items saught
Observer staff report
In a Nov. 17 press release, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf officials said the organization is in urgent need of turkeys, food and monetary donations. The food shelf served hundreds of people Monday for meals, groceries and turkeys, more than it has ever served in a single day.
“The supplies needed to provide over 5,000 food insecure families with a Thanksgiving meal are critically low and there are no turkeys on-site.”
The food shelf is asking the community to make a monetary donation or drop off a food donation as soon as possible. A donation of only $10 can provide a family with a turkey and a donation of $20 can provide a turkey and all the fixings.
Donors can make donations online at feedingchittenden.org or drop off donations at 228 North Winooski Avenue in Burlington. The food shelf is also asking community members to donate food items, including turkey fixings of mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn and green beans.
Hours for turkey donation drop-offs are Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Nov. 19 and 20, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A community Thanksgiving dinner at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf is set for Nov. 25 at 1 p.m.
Williston shelf also seeks donations
The Williston Community Food Shelf is also seeking Thanksgiving donations of turkeys. It will host a Turkey Day Nov. 21 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to collect and distribute turkeys. Residents or groups can drop off turkeys at the food shelf, located at 300 Cornerstone Drive. Residents can also purchase a gift card to a local supermarket so families can buy their own turkey. Gift cards or monetary donations can be dropped off at the food shelf or sent to P.O. Box 1605, Williston, VT 05495.