The Poultney Food Shelf

Poultney is known to be a very generous town, and that generosity is evidenced in its support of the Poultney Food Shelf. The Food Shelf is supported by many individuals, businesses and community groups throughout the area.

Located in The Stonebridge on the corner of Main and Beaman Streets, the Food Shelf serves residents of Poultney, Middletown Springs, and Hampton, N.Y.

The organization’s regular hours are every Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m.

As an emergency food shelf, the Poultney organization fills the gap for eligible residents who find themselves short of food during the month. In addition to the regular weekly hours, the food shelf conducts a special “Open Food Shelf” three times a year, at Easter, Christmas, and Thanksgiving. This past Thanksgiving, the Food Shelf served 77 families a complete dinner that included a turkey.

“The need has increased since last year,” said Joan Donaghy, vice president of the Poultney Food Shelf.

Typically, the Food Shelf provides food to about 400 families, or about 3,000 meals per year. In addition to the more than eight tons of food it distributes annually, the Food Shelf also gives out vouchers for Discount Food of Poultney and Shaws for fresh or frozen produce and perishable dairy items.

As a not-for-profit, the Poultney Food Shelf is funded entirely by donations from individuals and organizations, as well as grants. Food drives conducted by groups from Green Mountain College, Poultney High School, nursery schools and other organizations also help keep the food shelf stocked.

“People in this community are very generous, especially at Christmas time,” said Donaghy. “And we have a good group of volunteers.”

More information about the Poultney Food Shelf is available by calling (802)287-9558.