Our goal this year is to collect 4,000 pounds of non-perishable food, including items such as canned stews, hearty soups, tuna fish, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, and cold cereal.
As it has for the past 23 years, this February the Co-op will partner with the Upper Valley Haven to sponsor our annual Haven Food Drive. At this time of year, winter heating bills are often at their highest and families struggle with a stack of bills on their table, wondering whether to pay the heat or buy food, because there isn’t enough money for both.
The Upper Valley Haven—located in White River Junction, Vermont—offers a variety of services to Upper Valley residents who need a helping hand, including emergency food provisions. That’s where you and the Food Drive come in.
Special shelf tags with The Haven Food Drive logo direct our Hanover store shoppers to items that are needed the most. And shoppers at all Co-op locations can make a cash donation to the food drive at the check-out counter through our Community Partner of the Month program. Your donations will be used to purchase products by the case.
Every year, a key component of the success of the Haven Food Drive is our volunteers! Each year we depend on volunteers to box, weigh, and deliver food to The Haven from the Hanover store. This activity takes place at the volunteers’ convenience between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in February. Ideally, volunteers make a commitment to the four occurrences of one of those days. However, if this is not possible, consider offering your assistance as a substitute or a one-time volunteer. For more information, or to sign up, contact Michele Jordan by January 18th at (603) 640-6323 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.