Food Shelf News
We have some good news for the Food Shelf! Shaw’s has chosen our Food Shelf to be the recipient of their “Give Back Where It Counts” Reusable Bag Program for the month of June. The program is simple: our Food Shelf will receive a $1.00 donation every time a $2.50 reusable bag is sold in June at Shaw’s on the Derby Road. So — if you were planning on buying any reusable bags — please do so at Shaw’s in June. If you desire —- you could donate the bag(s) to our Food Shelf as we may need them if single purpose plastic and /or paper bags are banned by law. Every month we use about 216 large plastic and paper bags.
The Food Shelf is open on Tuesday 10 am to 1 pm and Wednesday 10 am to noon following the 1st Thursday of each month.
The Food Shelf provides groceries for those in need. Approximately 200 large bags are made up for distribution each month. USDA government commodities are received free (including delivery) and examples are canned vegetables, pasta, cereal, fruit (canned, frozen, fresh and dried), soup, shelf stable milk, fruit juice, peanut butter, frozen chicken, etc. Additional food is purchased from the Vermont Foodbank with money donated by the United Church of Newport members, friends, and local businesses such as the Orleans County Board of Realtors, Bond Auto Parts, and Cars of Yesteryear. A Government Grant is applied for and received yearly through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Food Shelf donations are used to help fund the monthly Free Community Meal. Approximately 16 volunteers spend many hours of their time each month to make this possible. Along with the grocery bags the money donated goes to funding the monthly Community Meal.
Thank you to everyone who helps unload the truck and pack the bags!