The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf has exceeded its goal of 3,500 turkeys with two days to go before Thanksgiving.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 3,816 turkeys had been donated to the food shelf, which serves 12,000 people every year in Chittenden County.
One hundred turkeys came from a neighboring food shelf that had already met its goal of 150 turkeys this weekend.
“[The 150 turkeys] give our clients a turkey for Christmas and for Thanksgiving and every year I meet our goal,” said Ginger Morton, the president of the Williston Community Food Shelf.
She brought her surplus to Burlington.
“The goal of food shelves is to feed our hungry neighbors. We just want to make sure everyone has a turkey and I’m so excited that they’re going to meet their goal,” she said.
“My uncle really wanted to give to the needy this time of year. So we’ve got 100 now and we just did 22 in Milton,” said Cathy Keller who dropped off donated turkeys collected by her uncle, William Sawyer, from WRS Investment.
While it has all the turkeys it needs, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf is still accepting side dishes and, as always, cash donations.
“Monetary donations are important because we can stretch those dollars even further. We can buy in bulk and we just have more buying power, we can purchase more food,” explained Anna McMahon, community engagement manager for Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.
The spirit of giving proves there’s more that bonds us than divides us.
“There’s a lot of good at local levels, there’s a lot of good that goes on a local level. Our community in Williston is extremely generous. Obviously Burlington is too if they can come up with 3,000 turkeys. It’s a very very generous community and a very giving season,” said Morton.
“Holiday that is focused on food and family and unfortunately there are so much people in our community who don’t have the means to provide their family with a full Thanksgiving meal so to have that kind of community support is integral to making sure we can continue doing this work,” said McMahon.
Donate online to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf at https://feedingchittenden.networkforgood.com/projects/50979-the-chittenden-emergency-food-shelf
Donate online to the Vermont Food Bank at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/give-money
Donate to JCEO in Plattsburgh at https://squareup.com/store/jceo