A thank you letter recently published in the RiverEast News Bulletin:
To the Editor,
As we reflect back on 2019, we have many people to thank for helping us support the families who utilize the Marlborough Food Bank. It is because of the compassion, awareness and generosity of so many in our community that we were able to serve nearly 95 families in 2019. Thank you to the many individuals and families who gave food and/or monetary donations. The Congregational Church of Marlborough, St. John Fisher Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, the Rotary Club of East Hampton, the Shops at Marlborough Barn, Lions Club of Marlborough and the families of Marlborough Elementary School are consistent and generous donor to our Food Bank. Thank you for the many food drives, community garden vegetables, monetary donations, winter coats, and so much more that these organizations and their members do to lift up and support those in need.
Thank you to Regions Real Estate Advisors for 60 Easter Hams.
Thanks to the Hometown Foundation of Cheshire for the donation of 60 Thanksgiving turkeys, St. John Fisher for 55 bags of Thanksgiving fixing, RHAM Girl Scouts for making apples pies and Dr. Gallagher and his staff for pumpkin pies.
Thank you to the Boy Scouts for making Christmas wreaths to brighten the doors of our clients’ homes.
Because of the kindness and generosity of Marlborough’s Liberty Bank customers, the Troop K State Police Toy Drive, Knights of Columbus, East Hampton Rotary Club, MVFD Women’s’ Auxiliary and several generous families, we were able to fulfill at least two Christmas wishes for each of our 39 children and teenagers as well as a small gift to our adult clients.
During 2019 we received grants from the Wireless Zone of Marlborough, the East Hampton Rotary Club and the Marlborough’s Liberty Bank Foundation totaling $3,200.
Finally, the Food Bank could not function without our 20+ adult volunteers and our many student volunteers. Your loyal support and commitment to helping others inspires us. We thank you all.
Dawn Tavolieri and David Pratt
Co-Directors of Marlborough Food
Sweatshirts – M, W, Kids
Men’s Casual Clothes
Teen Boys Clothes – Adult Size M, L, XL
Girls Clothes 8-10
Boys Clothes 6-12
Socks – M, W, Kids
Small Appliances (Coffee Maker & Toaster Oven)
Drop off Donations @ 3 Wilhenger Drive
Tuesday 9AM-12PM & 3PM-5:30PM
With winter approaching we are currently in need of the following gently used and clean items:
Blankets of all bed sizes
Also, we have requests for yarn.
All donations can be dropped off Monday morning and all day Tuesday. If these times are not convenient please let us know and we will work out a time.
Thank you, Marlborough, for your continued support!
We will be open Saturday, March 7th (for donations only). The Food Bank is usually open the first Saturday of every month in order to accept donations. The hours are 10 am to 12 pm.
Donations can be brought to the Food Bank at 3 Wilhenger Drive every Tuesday during open hours, as well, or non-perishable foods can be brought to Elmer Thienes administration office (hours: school year 8 am-4 pm; Summer 8:30 am-3 pm), to Marlborough Country Store (45 N. Main St.) or to Town Hall during posted hours. If unsure if the Food Bank is open, call 860-295-6008 between 10 am and noon on the Saturday in question.
Food Bank clients are eligible to use the mobile food share truck, which comes every other Tuesday to 1 Main St., Hebron, CT (behind the Congregational Church) from 11 am to 11:30 am to distribute fresh produce. To confirm dates and times, please confirm using one of the following ways:
www.foodshare.org (type “mobile” in the search box)
Text Foodshare to 85511 for “Mobile Foodshare On Demand”; answer the prompts and have the schedule sent right to your phone. Once you are opted-in, Foodshare will also text you cancellations and schedule changes.
call Foodshare 860-286-9999
In case of inclement weather: If road safety permits, the food bank will be open. The best way to know is to call the food bank number (860-295-6008); if no answer, call back in case of a delayed opening. Town Hall will be informed and it will be posted on our Facebook page and the community page. The open hours are Tuesdays 10 am to noon and 3:30 to 5:30 pm, and the first Saturday of the month from 10 am to noon (for donations only).
The gross yearly income guidelines are as follows:
Household size: 1 2 3 4 5
Gross Income: 28,341 38,164 47,987 57,810 67,633
Household size: 6 7 8
Gross Income: 77,456 87,279 97,102
Four volunteer slots are available each Tuesday during our afternoon hours and for the first Saturday of each month when we are open for donations. The new procedure for high school volunteers to sign up is on the “High School Volunteers” page on this website.
If you have a large item to donate please contact us and we will post it on our large item bulletin board. When a family expresses interest we then contact you. They are responsible for picking up the item. Having a photo is helpful whenever possible. We appreciate you working with us! Thank you.
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