Forest Service Seeks to Feed Local Families
Employees of the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests have launched a bi-state effort to feed local families in need.
The food drive, known nationally as Feds Feed Families, runs through August 28, and will
benefit local food shelves in Vermont and New York.
Teaming up with local social service organizations, food shelves, and the Rutland, Price Chopper, the Forest Service has set a goal of reaching 1,000 pounds of donated food by the end of August. Recognizing that this has been a been a difficult year for many in Vermont, the Forest Service is stepping up in an effort to provide much-needed food to families before the winter months. Each Forest Service office in Vermont; Rutland, Manchester, Middlebury and Rochester will participate in the food drive. The Hector Ranger District on the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York will also be working to gather food for a local food shelf. In addition, the Rutland Price Chopper has joined in the effort, offering to collect food items from patrons at their Rutland location.
Employees of the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests recognize that many Vermonters and New Yorkers are working hard to make ends meet and they hope the food drive will help to alleviate some of the stresses put on families this time of year.
Employees in Vermont and New York began donating non-perishable food items this week. Since the campaign began in 2009, Federal workers have donated and collected over 15 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America. To contribute, employees and the public can bring non-perishable food items and drop them off Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 and 4:30, at one of the Forest Service locations listed below. Contributions can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Rutland Price Chopper.
In Vermont: Rutland, Forest Supervisor’s Office, 231 North Main Street, Rutland, 747-6700; Rutland, Price Chopper, 38 Rutland Shopping Plaza, Rutland, 747-7880; Manchester, Ranger Station, 2538 Depot Street, Manchester Center, 362-2307; Middlebury, Ranger Station, 1007 Route 7 South, Middlebury, 388-4362; Rochester, Ranger Station, 99 Ranger Road, Rochester, 767-4261. In New York: Hector, Ranger Station, 5218 State Route 414, Hector, 607-546-4470.