Thank you for rounding up! During Harvest for Hunger this holiday season, we raised a total of $11,942 at our stores in Woodstock and Waterbury. This includes a $1,000 Woodstock Farmers’ Market match in Woodstock and a $100 match in Waterbury.
We are so thankful to our generous and supportive community for coming together to help our neighbors in need. Here’s a video from earlier this winter that shares the history and impact of Harvest for Hunger.
We reached out to the food shelfs that benefit from Harvest for Hunger to find out more about the important work they do. Here’s what we learned:
Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf
The Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf has been a community resource since 2012, offering a variety of foods, household supplies, and basic needs to citizens, free of charge. In any given month, we serve about 41 households from Reading, West Windsor, and surrounding towns without a food shelf of their own. These households usually come once a week (we are open two times a week). In 2021 we fed an average of 222 people per month. We offer the makings for special meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and provide snacks as needed to the Reading and Brownsville Elementary Schools.
Thank you, Woodstock Farmers’ Market, for your wonderful support.
Sara Norcross, board member
Woodstock Community Food Shelf
The Woodstock Community Food Shelf serves anyone living in any town in Vermont (understandably, many smaller food pantries are open only to those in surrounding towns). We are staffed completely by volunteers, depending entirely on donations of food and funds to serve our guests. We provide ‘shopping’ access to our guests once a week during any of the three times a week we are open, helping families put good food on the table.
We also sponsor a backpack program, providing weekend food and snacks for more than 50 students in all area elementary schools and grab-and-go items to the middle and high schools.
For over a decade, as the local growing season ends and straight through mud season, the Woodstock Community Food Shelf has been blessed with beautiful, fresh produce from the Woodstock Farmers’ Market. Every month as many as 300 Vermonters enjoy a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables provided through the WFM register round-up and Farmers’ match of the first $1,000 collected. The financial needs of many families continue to be great as our economy readjusts and Covid concerns remain serious.
The great success of the WFM Harvest for Hunger donations of fresh produce has meant the world to our families because we never run out of great fresh produce, which is the most desired items, especially in the winter.
Diana Brown, volunteer and longtime Harvest for Hunger liaison
The Waterbury Area Food Shelf
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by the Community Action Service Team (CAST) Board of Directors made up of five community members. As a 501(c)(3) we rely solely on donations to sustain our services. Our mission is to provide short- or long-term food assistance to low-income individuals and families in Waterbury and the surrounding areas.
In 2019 we had 1,588 visits to the Waterbury Area Food Shelf. These visits represented over 200 unique households of varying sizes. Approximately 50% of the households have members working full or part time, yet still fall within the poverty level guidelines for supplemental food services.
The Food Shelf is open for shopping on Mondays and Fridays between 10 a.m. and
12 p.m., and on Wednesdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. If you or someone you know
lives in the Waterbury area and could use some food assistance, please feel
Dani Kehlmann, director