The Milton Family Community Center would like to thank the Milton Letter Carriers for collecting donations for the annual NLC Association Stamp Out Hunger food drive, and everyone who put food out for them to collect. MFCC picked up 1,000 pounds of non-perishable food at the post office last Monday.

Milton is a caring, compassionate community where neighbors take care of each other. Your efforts will help us keep our shelves stocked with hearty staples, available to anyone who needs help getting through the month putting food on their table.

According to Hunger Free Vermont, 13 percent of all Vermont households are food insecure. Food insecurity is defined as the lack of access to enough food to fully meet basic needs at all times due to lack of financial resources. Nearly 80,000 Vermonters of all ages live in food insecure households, including more than 20,000 children under 18. Six percent of Vermont households are food insecure with hunger, meaning adults have decreased the quality and quantity of food they consume because of lack of money to the point where they are quite likely to be hungry on a frequent basis, or children’s intake has been reduced due to lack of family financial resources to the point that children are likely to be hungry on a regular basis and adults’ food intake is severely reduced.

In our community, this translates to a monthly average of 122 families coming to our food shelf, some more than once. Community organizations holding regular food drives are important to keep our shelves stocked. Thank you again to Milton’s Letter Carriers and residents.

Food donations can be dropped off at MFCC any time between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or left in the food shelf bin by the registers at Hannaford. If you or your organization are interested in organizing a food drive at your place of work or in your neighborhood, please contact me at 893-1457.

Cheryl Alwine
MFCC Food Shelf Manager