By Rosalyn Graham
A turkey is such an iconic part of Thanksgiving celebrations – and for years, Charlotte Shelburne Rotary has ensured that needy families in Shelburne, Charlotte, and Hinesburg have a turkey for their holiday feast.
This year, in cooperation with the food shelves in the three towns and with generous support from Shelburne Supermarket, the Rotary Club is providing more than 150 turkeys for local families. The Supermarket provides the turkeys at cost, Rotary pays the bill and helps to coordinate delivery to the food shelves, and the food shelf volunteers put the turkeys into the arms of grateful families. Last week, Shelburne Food Shelf included 36 turkeys in their Wednesday food distribution, along with the canned goods and staples they regularly have for local families.
On Saturday, families in Charlotte came to the Charlotte Congregational Church, where brightly-decorated boxes (the result of the artistic work of Charlotte Central School students) were overflowing with everything they would need for a Thanksgiving feast – plus special boxes of baking supplies, all packed to meet the needs of families. Rotary donated 36 turkeys to the Charlotte Food Shelf.
Saturday was also distribution day for the Hinesburg Food Shelf, where 76 turkeys were included in the boxes of holiday staples and treats for local families. Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club members George and Linda Schiavone took on the turkey project this year, following in the footsteps of Jim Spadaccini, who had coordinated the distribution for many years. They were assisted by Rotarians Tod Whitaker and Linda Gilbert, Food Shelf Coordinators Val Martel in Shelburne, Karen Doris in Charlotte, and Jeff Glover and Hank White in Hinesburg, and the staff of Shelburne Supermarket.