Lamoille Community

Food Share

Thanksgiving 2019

Another Thanksgiving giveaway is in the books! This year we provided 508 families with turkeys and all the fixings. That is 1095 adults and 754 kids who enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal thanks to the generosity of the community.

Roland Lajoie of WLVB and Dominique Couture kick off Chris' Challenge Turkey drive in October. Back in 2001, Chris Potter challenged the community to donate turkeys so everyone could have a nice holiday meal. Chris passed away but his legacy lives on. Each year busineses and individuals donate turkeys and cash to benefit a number of organizations in the Lamoille Valley. LCFS is by far the largest beneficiary and we are most appreciative. We did purchase some turkeys this year but we also had some left over which we shared with Meals on Wheels, DCF and other food shelves in the area.

The Elise Braun Memorial Turkey Challenge in the Stowe faith community collects funds which allow us to buy all the dry goods we put in the baskets: stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, muffin mix, vegetables, brownie mix and fruit. We buy 1200 of each item so it is a huge investment.  We receive donations from Blessed Sacrament, Stowe Community Chruch, St John's in the Mountains Episcopal Church and The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe.

Elise Braun

Chris Potter saluting the community!

Tracy and Dirk from Bourne's Energy really got into the spirit!

HUGE thanks to Lucky Day Ice for providing freezers for the pantry and WLVB. Thanks also to Warren Miller for arranging it!

In October we start to sign clients up for baskets. We allow clients to come in at the last minute but we like to get a handle on whether our estimates on numbers will be even close. At this point we feverishly start saving boxes to use when handing out the food. Rock Art provided many of our boxes again this year which was a great help!

Kevin starts watching for sales in August so we can purchase all of the items that go into our boxes. This year we purchased items from Hannaford, Price Chopper, Mac's Market and Kinney Drugs. Thanks to everyone at these stores now and throughout the year for accommodating our large orders. Special thanks to our friends at Demars Properties for providing storage units so we can stock up.

Everything starts on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Volunteers come in that afternoon to start packing boxes for the approximately 120 families who will pick them up starting Friday. That process continues through the Wednesday before T'day. This crew from People's Academy came in to help.

We have five distribution days which require our dedicated staff and volunteers to collect and distribute turkeys and baskets. Clearly they enjoy the work!

Stowe Rotary delivered 25 baskets with everything from roasting pans to potatoes ham and turkey.

Stowe Elementary School first through third graders created yummy desserts and colorful cards and posters.

Hunger's Hard, Baking's Easy once again provided us with lots of yummy baked goods.