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Best Supported Food Shelf Around!

We wanted to thank everyone who worked hard to make “Breakfast with Santa” such a huge success. In particular we’d like to thank Jim Heal for organizing this event. Erika Schapp and the deli staff at the Putney General Store and Pharmacy cooked up a great breakfast. Thank you to the Putney Fire Department for delivering Santa to the breakfast on time! Over 54 children came to eat and visit with Santa (Thank you, Scott Henry!).

Thank you, sponsors: Putney General Store and Pharmacy, Basketville (platinum-level sponsor!), Martin and Jean Collins, Keene Industrial, Leader Beverage, Staff of Putney General Store, Stephen Major, Sysco Corporation, The Richards Group, and Thomas Dairy for their donations and support. And thank you, community members, for serving and cleaning up along with the Putney Foodshelf volunteers.

Over $2,800 was raised through door donations and sponsorships. This fund-raiser wraps up a big fall for the Foodshelf: our Top-the-Truck food drive event on that rainy day the end of September collected over 1,500 lb and $1,600; the Craft Tour partnership with crafts people donating the sale of an item has raised over $1,000 to date; and a student-run Oxfam America Hunger banquet generated awareness about hunger globally as well as locally.

All monies will allow us to continue shopping to keep our shelves filled, meeting our mission of “providing supplemental healthy food to area people in need.” We open our food shelf on Tuesdays from 6–7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9–10 a.m. at the Community Center on Christian Square to anyone in need of food with no questions asked beyond zip codes for tracking.

If you know of anyone in need of food, send them our way. If you are interested in supporting us, donations may be mailed to PO Box 337, Putney, VT, or drop off nonperishables in our donation bin at the Community Center on Christian Square (far side/ramp entrance); or join our volunteer force (e-mail