This past year and 2020 we saw a number of challenges for the Maquam Bay of Missisquoi Food Pantry Program. The food shelf grew from a small space to now the former community room. Shelving was donated, additional freezers were purchased through a grant, and some were donated. Volunteers have worked tirelessly to make this all a success!
In typical operations community members would come and select items, in the time of COVID we had to be creative to continue to have the food shelf open as all Non-Profits were closed by the Governor. Volunteers maned phone lines 3 days a week and brought food outside to place in vehicles for contactless delivery. When a family battling COVID called our volunteers prepared food boxes and masked up to deliver boxes to their doorsteps.
We were able to feed 1,302 families and 4,207 individual people in 2021 not only from Franklin County but Lamoille, Chittenden and even from upstate New York.
A big shout out to Anne and Lester Lampman, Brian Barratt and April Lapan for volunteering 3 days a week. Other family members for going to pick up food every weekend from Hannaford. Without all of them our food shelf would not look as good as it does today!
Thank you to Heathy Roots giving us our winter bags as well as our summer bags. Thank you to Vermonters Feeding Vermonters for our grant to buy locally raised beef or chicken, eggs or locally grown vegetables and fruits.