August 1-31, 2017
1 in 7 kids is hungry or food insecure in Chittenden County
The number of homeless children in Chittenden County in 2015
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.
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.
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.
All donations will benefit the Chittenden County Emergency Food Shelf. We are collecting donations through August 31, 2017.
Drop off food donations at: