Thanksgiving 2017

Another year is in the books, and what a year it was! We gave out baskets to 553 families this year. That means that 2048 people (872 kids and 1176 adults) were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal all through the generosity of our community. Thanks to everyone!

The giving season starts in October with Roland Lajoie of WLVB and Dominique Couture kicking off Chris' Challenge. Chris Potter challenged the local community to donate turkeys to those in need. Chris passed away but his legacy lives on. Businesses and individuals donate turkeys to benefit a number of organizations in the Lamoille Valley area. LCFS is by far the largest beneficiary! Thanks to everyone who contributed. Special thanks to Price Chopper and Hannaford for help in storing the turkeys. Also thanks to the Vermont Food Venture Center, Stowe High School and People's Academy for lending us some freezer space!

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 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!

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. River Arts provided many of our boxes 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. Thanks also to Sara and Pete for the use of their mudroom.

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.

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

We received a special delivery of a donated turkey!

Our clients were lucky enough to receive home baked goodies, thanks to the folks at Hunger's Hard, Baking's Easy, a group of Stowe High School students and our friends at Global Campuses Foundation.