Orchard residents band together for their third annual food drive. L-R Jane Doherty Mitchell, Brenda Withey, Kate Freeman, Louis Godin, Mary Gleason, Rebecca Wilcke, Bill Mitchell.

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Thursday January 04, 2018

The Orchard neighborhood has kicked off their annual After the Holiday Food Drive Plus. This is the third year neighbors have banded together to collect donations for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and the Community Health Center of Burlington. The drive benefits residents of the Beacon Apartments and Bel Air Apartments and runs through the month of January.

South Burlington residents are invited to become “street ambassadors” to help promote the drive and collect donations on their own street. South Burlington businesses are also encouraged to participate. Donations of food, including canned and boxed goods, are welcome along with household items like cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, dinnerware, and cutlery. Organizers note that there is a particular need for donations of laundry detergent. For more donation examples, a link to sign up to be a street ambassador, as well as donation drop off location and times, visit www.FoodDrivePlus.org. At that site, there is also a link for printable flyers for those who want to help spread the word.

Louis Godin, one of the Orchard residents behind the collection efforts, describes the food drive as “neighbors helping neighbors,” and adds, “We are in our third year running this Food Drive Plus in South Burlington with great success. Needs are great after the holiday season. In the last two years we have collected over 2,000 pounds of donations. We hope to exceed our 1,500-pound goal this year. With everyone’s help we can.”

For more information, contact Godin at info@WebEventPlanner.com or visit www.facebook.com/beaconapartmentshelp.