Bear Pond Books is once again partnering with the Montpelier Business Association and Montpelier Food Pantry to hold the 6th annual “Fill the Window: Downtown Food Drive!"
Bring your non-perishable food or toiletry items to the bookstore at 77 Main Street in Montpelier during store hours from August 13th to 17th - Let's "Fill the Window" and help our neighbors.
Businesses are encouraged to bring donations to the bookstore and to share the event with their customers through interactions, on their business websites, in their newsletters, and on social media pages to garner more support.
“The food pantry is very low on food and is experiencing high demand right now, particularly from families,” says Montpelier Food Pantry volunteer Liz Snell. “Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t think about donating in the summer months, so the families who utilize our services really need our help now,” she says.
“I hope all downtown Montpelier businesses can participate in this food drive, a very good cause that helps those most in need in our community,” says Claire Benedict, Bear Pond Books co-owner and executive committee member of the Montpelier Business Association. “I am happy to participate not only by donating food, but by donating my business window space to serve as the visible ‘donation box.’ Trying to ‘fill the window’ is a fun challenge and I hope we all rise to it!” she says.
According to the Food Pantry, some of the items that are particularly in need are: peanut butter and jelly; canned or pouched tuna fish; cereal; tomato sauce (they have plenty of pasta); salad dressing (they are getting fresh vegetable donations from area farmers); condiments; personal care items like toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, or tampons; and cloth bags.