The Colchester-Milton Rotary's annual “Fill The Truck For The Food Shelf” event starts this Saturday, May 1.
Typically, community members fill the truck by donating non-perishable food items, but due to the pandemic, the Rotary is collecting monetary donations only, as they did in 2020.
Last year, the goal was to raise $5,000, but thanks to the community, the Rotary raised over $9,200 to stock food shelves in Colchester, Milton and Grand Isle.
Now, due to continued critical need, the Colchester-Milton Rotary is setting the bar high with a $10,000 goal for 2021. Donations will be accepted throughout the month of May.
How to donate
Make checks payable to The Colchester-Milton Rotary Charitable Fund (Memo: Fill The Truck) and mail to The Colchester-Milton Rotary Club POB 82, Colchester, VT 05446
Why you should help
Hunger in Vermont is higher than at any point in recent history, including the 2009 Recession, according to Hunger Free Vermont.
1 in 3 Vermonters have faced hunger during the pandemic, and food shelves have seen an increase in visitors.
Milton Emergency Food Shelf, which is open five days a week and located inside the Milton Family Community Center (MFCC), provides basic assistance for families in need. Typically, it aids 75 to 150 people a month.
Food insecurity is more prevalent than some might think, the Center’s director said in an interview last summer. She estimated the MFCC food shelf has seen twice the number of visitors since the pandemic began.
Colchester Community Food Shelf, located on Main Street and open on Wednesdays, has been similarly busy. In 2020, the shelf served approximately 400 more individuals than in 2019, according to data on its website.
The CCFS was able to meet that demand because of generous community members who donated 36,000 pounds of food, including 200 Thanksgiving turkeys and more than 1300 pounds of fresh produce in 2020.