Canned soup, peanut butter, and dry spaghetti are the main ingredients at the 7th Annual Fill The Truck For The Food Shelf event. Organized by Colchester-Milton Rotary Club, Fill The Truck is a food drive benefitting food banks in Colchester, Milton, and the Champlain Islands.

The event accepts nonperishable food items, as well as checks. Aside from money, the most needed items include canned soup, peanut butter, dry pasta, bottled juice, and pasta sauce.

The donation truck will be parked at Hannaford’s in Milton this Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as at Price Chopper in Colchester, on May 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations can also be dropped off at the following locations:

RE/MAX North Professionals 875 Roosevelt Hwy. in Colchester

Colchester Police Department 835 Blakely Rd. in Colchester

Burnham Memorial Library 898 Main St. in Colchester

Milton Family Community Center 619 – 23 Villemaire Lane in Milton

Jon Abry, a member of the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club, started the event eight years ago, after he was inspired by a Thanksgiving turkey drive he participated in for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Last year, Abry asked the Rotary Club to help him grow and expand the campaign and, together, they raised almost four times the number of donations as the previous year. “I believe we can do even better this year and with increased visibility and awareness, I think we’re on our way,” said Abry.

So far, Fill the Truck has raised $437.97 and 688 lbs of food, but May is only halfway through. According to Abry, “The people who are most eager to donate seem to be those who have experienced food insecurity in the past.”

Nearly 80,000 Vermonters of all ages live in food insecure households—Fill The Truck For The Food Shelf works to change that.