Contact: Rachel Moss
Phone: (802) 658-7939 ext 23
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Burlington—The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf urgently needs to raise $10,000 to replace a broken commercial dishwasher at the state’s largest direct service hunger organization.
Last week, the commercial dishwasher ceased working at the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf that operates the county’s foremost soup kitchen serving over 5000 meals each month. A commercial dishwasher is essential to the daily functioning of vital programs and services at CEFS.
In the meantime, CEFS staff and volunteers are trying to keep up with demand by washing hundreds of dishes by hand. However, CEFS is being forced to use precious resources to purchase paper plates and plastic utensils to fill the gaps.
“The twenty year old machine is unfortunately beyond repair,” said Rob Meehan, CEFS Director. “A new energy star commercial dishwasher will make the food shelf greener and put our resources where they belong- fighting hunger.”
Fixing the broken 20 year old dishwasher is cost prohibitive as is purchasing a machine in used condition. The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf is appealing to the public to pitch in and help replace the broken dishwasher with a more environmentally friendly alternative. CEFS has a goal of raising $10,000 by the end of April to purchase a new commercial dishwasher.
Community members can visit www.feedingchittenden.org to make a donation and learn more about the critical programs and services CEFS provides for Chittenden County residents.
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 11,000 people each year. Please visit www.feedingchittenden.org for more information.