According to Val Martel, director of the Shelburne Food Shelf, there won’t be enough funds in her account to keep Shelburne residents in need warm this coming season. “Government cuts to heating assistance programs will hit the poorest of the poor,” Martel lamented.
Although Shearer Chevrolet recently donated $3,000 to the Food Shelf’s fuel and power assistance, Martel is concerned that many residents will face issues in trying to afford fuel and power in a tough economy that is further impacted by stagnant wage levels and rising fuel prices. She is hopeful that private donations from townspeople will help Shelburne residents in need to stay warm this winter. “Whenever I ask the community for money to help their neighbors, Shelburne comes through in a big way,” Martel shared enthusiastically. “The generosity of this town is a source of amazement to me – and I’m praying that this season will be no different.”
Those who are in a position to assist by donating to the Food Shelf for fuel and power assistance are asked to send a check, made out to the Shelburne Food Shelf, to the Town’s Clerk Office at Post Office Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482. Please write the word “fuel” in the memo section of the check.