Contact: Rachel Moss
Phone: (802) 658-7939 ext 23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHITTENDEN EMERGENCY FOOD SHELF KICKS OFF FOOD DRIVE SEASON
This month the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf kicks off food drive season. So far over forty groups have contacted CEFS to hold food drives which benefit Chittenden county’s low income residents.
“Seeing community members, school groups and organizations around the county pitch in and organize food drives is very moving,” says Bob Maritano, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf’s Food Drive Coordinator. “The whole community really bands together to help families in need.”
Unfortunately, the Food Shelf anticipates that this year the need will be greater than ever before.
“In this tough economy, more families are having trouble making ends meet,” says Rob Meehan, CEFS Director. “This past year, we had over 12,000 people in need of food assistance – that’s over 1,000 more than the previous year. We expect that trend to continue.”
How you can help: Make a donation to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf or organize your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to host a food drive. For more information about food drives, contact Bob Maritano at (802) 655-2643 or to make a donation online, visit www.feedingchittenden.org.
About the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf:
The Chittenden Food Shelf works to alleviate hunger by feeding people and cultivating opportunities. As the largest direct service emergency food provider in Vermont, CEFS serves over 12,000 people each year. Please visit www.feedingchittenden.org for more information.