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The Delta Marketing GRoup
Mindful Food Drive
to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

August 1-31, 2017

Here are some stomach-turning stats:

1 in 7 kids is hungry or food insecure in Chittenden County

1 in 7 kids is hungry or food insecure in Chittenden County

The number of homeless children in Chittenden County in 2015

What is a Mindful Food Drive?

What is a Mindful Food Drive?

When most people donate to a food drive, they go into their pantries and pull out whatever back-of-the-cupboard canned goods they’re never going to use. Doesn’t that sound familiar? But we discussed how it must feel to be that parent who has to go to the food shelf and try to put together meals that their children will eat out of other peoples’ pantry rejects. We think we can do better.

What is our goal?

What is our goal?

The goal of the Mindful Food Drive is to purposefully fill the gaps and critical needs of the food shelf, while also providing some fun foods that aren’t always available to visitors of the food shelf—think mac and cheese, juice boxes, and fruit snacks. Instead of making food donation a chore, we’re encouraging people to donate their favorite foods — something they’d feel good about giving to someone else.
Our goal is to donate 700 lbs. of food, or approximately 595 meals.

Why donate now?

Summer is a very difficult time for food banks. Unlike Thanksgiving and Christmas time, donating food is often far from peoples’ minds in the summer months. Additionally, students who typically receive free or reduced lunches at school during the rest of the year (29% of school kids in Chittenden County) do not have access to those meals during summer, which puts more pressure on the food shelves. Overall, there are almost 20,000 people who are food insecure in Chittenden County. We’d like to do our part to help them.

Hunger in Chittenden County

  • 1 in 7 kids is hungry or food insecure in Chittenden County.
  • 29% of school kids in our county are eligible for free or reduced meals through their school.
  • There were 172 homeless children in Chittenden County in 2015.
  • About half of those who are homeless in our area are families with children.
  • There are approximately 19,760 people who are food insecure in Chittenden County.
  • 47% of people who are food insecure in our area have an income that is too high for them to receive help from food stamps.
  • The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf serves over 11,000 people every year through various programs.
What is a Mindful Food Drive?

 

You want to help? Great! Here’s how to donate...

All donations will benefit the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf. We are collecting donations through August 31, 2017.

Drop off food donations at:

Delta Marketing Group / 78 Ethan Allen Drive / South Burlington, VT

Stumped on ideas? We have a few suggestions!

  • Your favorite food
  • Pantry staples
  • Macaroni & cheese meals
  • Condiments
  • Cooking oil
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned tuna
  • Spaghetti-Os
  • Canned soup, stew & chili
  • Canned fruits & vegetables
  • Boxed rice dishes
  • Boxed potato dishes
  • Granola bars
  • Cereal
  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Breakfast bars
  • Oatmeal
  • Shelf-stable juice & juice boxes
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Shelf-stable fruit cups
  • Fruit snacks
  • Kid-friendly snack packs
  • 100% fruit rolls
  • Popcorn
  • Trail mix
  • Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Applesauce
  • Brownie mix
  • Cake mix
  • Muffin mix
  • Unfrozen freezer pops