Our Place Drop In Center
Our Place Drop-in Center is kicking off its most important food drive of the year with a fiesta on Tuesday, September 15.
The center will cordon off its parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. to launch Project Feed the Thousands with a taco bar donated by Harvest Moon caterers of Saxtons River. Volunteers and donors who have supported the center are being invited to observe the launch, tour the center's dining room, kitchen, and food shelf, and recognize volunteers who have given many hours of service.
Project Feed the Thousands is the annual end-of-year regional food drive that stocks food shelves and centers throughout southeastern Vermont. Each community in the region puts its own twist on the outreach efforts, and Our Place is coordinating its efforts with counterparts in Chester and Springfield.
Buckets for donations of non-perishable food and boxes for cash donations will be placed in area businesses and schools during the drive, which ends December 31. Donations can also be dropped off at the center at 4 Island Street, or checks mailed to Our Place at P.O. Box 852, Bellows Falls, Vt. 05101.
Started by George Haynes and Larry Smith in 1994, Project Feed has become a year-round effort in Brattleboro, with numerous individuals and businesses committed to making the drive successful. In 2009, Our Place Drop-In Center has a goal of $7,000 in cash and 500 bags of food.
From January through July 2009, Our Place served 15 per cent more meals than in the first seven months of 2008. The total number of people receiving food from the center's food shelf was up 23 per cent during the same period, with the number of unemployed among th"We are anticipating demand for our services to increase even further during the rest of 2009," Shea said. "As the amount of food donated by area farmers and gardeners decreases in the fall, Project Feed goes a long way toward filling our shelves for the busy holiday season. We'll be recognizing some of this community's hidden heroes at the fiesta kick-off."
Anyone who has benefited from Our Place as either a recipient or a contributor is welcome to attend the fiesta and bring food items such as frozen fruit and vegetables, 100 per cent fruit juice, canned meat, or healthy packaged goods to help launch the food drive.
More information about Our Place and Project Feed the Thousands is available by contacting Shea at 463-2217 or email@example.com.