Did you know these averages, over ten months represent 42668 non-perishable food items and 7221 perishable items? Each family shops for about 20 items each visit and can come every week. The quota per visit represents about 50 % of a family’s food for one week.
The food shelf depends on donations of food and cash, and produce supplied by local gardeners and merchants. We buy items that are perishable such as meat (some is free from the Vermont Foodbank) milk, cheese and eggs (some are donated by people with chickens). We also buy items as needed to stock the shelves.