The mission of the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry (DVFP) is to see that no one in the area goes needlessly hungry, or lacks the basics for personal care. We provide, as well as our resources permit, food and other items to all those who ask for assistance. We do not turn anyone away. We serve Wilmington, Whitingham, Jacksonville, Dover, Readsboro, Marlboro, Halifax, and Searsburg. The DVFP relies on donations of food items, the financial support of local churches, towns, organizations and individuals, plus an annual membership drive to make sure our shelves are never empty. The DVFP is a 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the Vermont Foodbank.
During 2015 we served an average of just under 100 families with about 250 clients each month. Since our communities have always “paid it forward” and always keep the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry on their giving list, we continue to be prepared and able to accommodate all the identified needs of our neighbors. It truly is a testament to the conscious and deliberate support of so many. This strong financial support from many donors, as well as our organized fundraisers and some modest success in acquiring grant funds, has allowed us to ensure that every month’s distribution includes fresh meats, eggs and produce, along with the staples we have always provided.
DVFP wishes to thank our many dedicated volunteers who turn up every month to help with unloading the delivery truck, shelving the food, and assisting with our monthly distribution process. We could not do it without them all. We are especially grateful to the many local school children who come periodically to help out and also often hold food drives in their schools to help us keep the shelves full. It is heartwarming to see ones so young who are so anxious to selflessly help out others.
Please continue to spread the word about the help available from the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. There is no need for anyone to go hungry. Our distributions are on the third Saturday morning of each month and on the preceding Thursday afternoon. All it takes to receive help is to show up on one of these dates and register; there are no income requirements involved. You can come just once if you experience an unusual emergency, or every month for as long as needed. We also encourage everyone who is able to join the membership that supports Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. For only $20 annually you can be a supporting member of the DVFP and help us reach our goals. The Board meets monthly on the Thursday preceding the third Saturday of the month, at 9:15am at 7 Church Street in Wilmington. Volunteers are always welcome. To express a need for our service, or to volunteer, call DVFP at 464-0148.
On behalf of the many neighbors that we currently serve, and may serve in the near future, thank you for your continued support of the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry.
Evon Mack, for the Board of Directors of the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry, Inc.