Thank You

As the seasons change and we begin to focus on preparing for the holidays ahead, we would like to thank the Marlborough community for their incredible support of the Food Bank.  We are fortunate to live in a community that cares about their neighbors in need. The generosity and efforts by our area churches and their youth groups, civic organizations, political parties, area businesses (in particular The Marlborough Bakery, East Hampton Stop & Shop, Liberty Bank, and Dr. Kullen Gallagher), the gentlemen farmers, the MBA, individual donors, the children of our community, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and especially our team of volunteers has been amazing! THANK YOU!!!

Without your continued support we would not be able to offer our clients the food selections and home goods that they see on a weekly basis.  All of our clients express their gratitude weekly for your generosity and we are merely passing their thoughts along to you in this letter.  If we have missed anyone in our list, please accept our apologies, and know that every donation is appreciated.

Regards

Joanne Goode
Dave Wagner
Directors – Food Bank of Marlborough

Current Requests

Food Bank requests the following donations:  soup, cooking oil, flour, sugar, pancake mix, large jars of peanut butter, juice boxes, and mayonnaise.

 Home Goods urgently requests donations: new or gently used and cleaned baby clothes, kids clothes of all sizes, especially young boys and teenage boys, sweatshirts and large t-shirts for men and women, jeans (especially men’s), and women’s work clothes (all sizes).

The Food Bank is open on Tuesdays from 10 am to noon and from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, and the first Saturday of each month for donations only.  Non-perishable donations can be made in other locations; see www.foodbankofmarlborough.org/about/ for more details.

Thanksgiving requests:

Marlborough Food Bank is looking for donations to support our efforts to supply our clients with a full Thanksgiving meal.  Of particular importance is collecting sufficient turkeys to provide one for each client family.  We are looking for approximately 70 turkeys to meet our needs varying from turkey breasts for our smaller families to 16 pound birds for our larger families.  We will be accepting donations starting the first Saturday in November, continuing through Thanksgiving week.  Donations can be dropped off the first Saturday of November from 10:00 to noon at the Food Bank, 3 Wilhenger Drive or during our open hours on Tuesday, 10:00 AM to noon or 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.  In addition, follow our website for additional needs like cooking oil, bread mixes and baking supplies as the holiday approaches

Consider donating to the Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving drive to stretch your donations by 20% (please request the monies are earmarked for the Marlborough food bank), now through November 22nd at any Liberty Bank location.

Please make sure to only donate items that have not reached their expiration dates. If you would not feed it to your family, please do not donate the item(s).  Opened or cracked items are also not acceptable.

How Sweet It is to Feed a Neighbor

Liberty Bank is joining forces with 30 local Rotary Clubs to make sure all of our neighbors can enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner.  You can help by making a donation to the Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving Dinner drive.  Starting Tuesday, October 14th through Saturday, November 22nd, the Liberty Bank Foundation will add 20 cents for every $1 you give, up to a total of $40,000 to be shared with local food banks.  It’s a great way to share what we have to be thankful for!  Just go in to any Liberty Bank location to donate.  Please make sure to request that your donation is earmarked for the Food Bank of Marlborough!

Food Bank Clients Eligible to use Mobile Food Share in Hebron

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 10:30 to 11:00 am to distribute fresh produce.  The truck is next scheduled to be in Hebron on November 4, 18th; December 2nd, 16th, 30th; January 13th and 20th, 2015. Please check the website for the mobile food share truck to confirm:  www.foodshare.org  (type “mobile” in the search box)

Food Bank of Marlborough Open First Saturday of Each Month

The Food Bank will be open the first Saturday of each month for donations only.  The hours are 10 am to 12 pm.  The Food Bank will be open Saturday, November 1st, 2014. Donations can be brought to the Food Bank at 3 Wilhenger Drive every Tuesday during open hours, as well, or to Elmer Thienes administration office (hours: school year 8 am-4 pm; Summer 8:30 am-3 pm), or to Town Hall during posted hours.  The Food Bank follows Elmer Thienes for weather closings.  If Elmer Thienes is open, the Food Bank is open.

High School Volunteers for the Food Bank

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.

Donate at Marlborough Elementary School, Town Hall and more

DID YOU KNOW that you can donate non-perishable food items or checks at Marlborough Elementary School every day during working hours (school year 8am-4pm: summer 8:30 am-3pm)?  Under their “Families Feeding Families” program, the administration, staff and students maintain a donation box to support the food bank.  This generous program allows donors the freedom of stopping in at the school office anytime the school is open to make a donation, or sending in items with students on the bus.  Special thanks to teacher Ellen Eastwood, the administration, other faculty and students.

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You can also donate non-perishable goods at the box at Town Hall during their posted hours.

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The Food Bank managers and volunteers thank these partners for their generous support.

PayPal is Here!

PayPal is here!  Donate to the Food Bank seamlessly via your PayPal account–no more writing/mailing checks!  *Important note:  the Food Bank of Marlborough is sponsored by the Congregational Church of Marlborough.  The Food Bank has 501(c)3 charitable status via this sponsorship.  Your donations will be directly deposited into the Food Bank checking account.  Your donations are fully tax-deductible.

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