T he Poultney Chamber of Commerce is working in cooperation with the Poultney Food Shelf to re-stock the food shelf in time for the busy holiday season.
Members of the Chamber of Commerce will be collecting non-perishable food items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 13, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Stonebridge, located near the intersection of Beaman, Grove, Main and East Main streets.
“It’s just an initiative we’re (the Chamber of Commerce) doing to help the food shelf in time for the holidays,” said Chamber member Bill Corbin.
Anybody who donates a non-perishable food item during the course of the weekend will receive a complimentary Poultney Town Guide and map of the Poultney area.
“People can just pull up and we’ll help collect their donations,” Corbin said.
Although any non-perishable food item will be accepted, food shelf board member Natalie Casco said items like cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, tuna fish, soup, peanut butter, jelly, pasta and pasta sauces, pork and beans, and canned meats are in the greatest need.
Food Shelf volunteers said a depressed economy has stretched the food shelf thin.
According to director Kathy Hutson, the food shelf saw a 30 to 35 percent increase in use during the 2009 year and although numbers have yet to be quantified for 2010, she expects to an increase in this year’s numbers as well.
“We’re seeing more working families,” Hutson said. “The economy has been hard on everyone.”
She said the food shelf usually experiences a slowdown in the summer but that didn’t happen this year.
The situation has been further compounded by the fact that those same economic conditions have led to a decrease in the donations.
Anyone who can’t make a donation this weekend can stop by the food shelf from 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday. There are also several collection bins located throughout town where people can donate food.
For more information, call the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce at 287-2010 or the Poultney Food Shelf at 287-9558.