24th Annual NALC Food Drive

The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, appropriately named the Stamp Out Hunger campaign, is planned for Saturday, May 14, 2016, across the entire nation.  This is the biggest one-day food drive in the U.S. that last year brought in nearly 71 million pounds of food at a time when food pantries everywhere are very low on staples for food insecure families.  Since this drive began in 1992, a staggering 1.4 billion pounds have been donated.  The NALC, U.S. Postal Service, the United Way and several other organizations partner each year to make this a successful food drive.

Unfortunately, in this so-called land of plenty, families are going to bed hungry every night.  In Vermont, nearly 8% of households are considered food insecure, meaning they do not have enough food and not enough money to buy food.  They often substitute quality for quantity, buying less nutritious, higher calorie, but lower cost foods.  This often leads to obesity and poor health.

The beauty of this drive is that local postal workers collect the food along their delivery routes and turn the food over to our local food shelves to help our neighbors here at home.  In May 2015, approximately 19,000 pounds of food were collected in the GMUW five counties that were delivered to 24 food shelves, also in those five counties.

The process is really quite simple.  On the morning of May 14th, place your non-perishable food items in a bag near your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick it up.  If you do not have a letter carrier, just bring your items to your post office and they will be happy to see that they get delivered to the nearest food shelf.

Please remember that non-perishable foods are what are needed, for example, canned vegetables, soups, beans, rice, pasta, cereal, and peanut butter.  Do not include outdated items as the food shelves will have to throw these out as per government regulations.

Plan to do your share on May 14th by providing a bag or two of food that will help make a difference for food insecure families in your neighborhood.  For more information, call any one of the Green Mountain United Way offices in Barre at 802-622-8056, in St. Johnsbury at 802-745-0101 or in Derby Line at 802-647-2148.

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Join us March 8, 2016 at 8pm for a Montpelier Public Forum on the Regional Heroin Crisis: An Introduction to Project Safe Catch

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

For more information, contact:

Chief Anthony J. Facos

(802) 223-3445

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 17, 2016

 

Public Forum on the Regional Heroin Crisis:

An Introduction to “Project Safe Catch”

 

In the fall of 2015, the Montpelier Police Chief, along with Deborah Hopkins of Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services (CVSAS) and Ann Gilbert from Central Vermont New Directions (CVNDC) gave a presentation to the Montpelier City Council outlining the criminal and health impacts of heroin addiction in the Central Vermont Region.  One of the needs identified for the council was a follow-up public forum on the area’s drug problem.

 

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6:30 PM, the police department along with its treatment and prevention partners will be hosting a community forum in the auditorium of the Montpelier High School.  This forum will provide an overview of the health and crime issues related to drug addiction along with explanations of current and future responses to this complex crisis.

 

Key to this presentation will be the departments’ strategic crime reduction plan that will focus on directly engaging individuals willing to get treatment with appropriate medical services.   This joint effort will be referred to as “Project Safe Catch,” which is a partnership between the MPD and CVSAS–with proposed support from Washington County Mental Health, Central VT Addiction Medicine, and the Emergency Department at the Central Vermont Medical Center.  “Project Safe Catch” is partially modeled after Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello’s initiative of getting drug users immediately to treatment instead of arresting them (see www.paariusa.org. for more information on the Gloucester “Angels” program).  The core of “Project Safe Catch” is to connect addicts with the vital support they need–beginning the treatment process with the ultimate goal of recovery.

 

This effort is supported by Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams, Washington County police chiefs and commanders.  Several community organizations and stakeholders will be present at this forum to answer questions, provide information, and to identify resources.

 

 

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Bags 4 My Cause

Green Mountain United Way of Barre, VT is celebrating because Hannaford’s Supermarket in South Barre has chosen this local nonprofit to benefit from their

Bags 4 My Cause program

For each reusable blue Karma grocery bag you purchase for only $2.29, during the month of February, Hannaford’s will donate $1.00 to Green Mountain United Way

Help Green Mountain United Way by buying several of these reusable grocery bags and help the environment at the same time.

For more information about this program, call Green Mountain United Way at 802-622-8056

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