Fifth graders at Rick Marcotte Central School drop off donations

Fifth graders at Rick Marcotte Central School drop off donations at the South Burlington Food Shelf.

Students from Rick Marcotte Central School organized a food drive for the new South Burlington Food Shelf, located at 356 Dorset St.

Every grade at the middle school took charge of collecting a category of items to ensure a variety of food was gathered. The food shelf welcomes boxed and canned goods.

Nine middle school students visited the food shelf on Nov. 22, dropping off their first round of donations.

“It felt really good to know I was helping others get what they need to eat in the cold weather,” fifth grader Alannah Corbett said.

The Food Shelf’s Patrick Leduc said, “Hunger hits all parts of our community, so it’s heartening to see all parts of community helping as well. It is no surprise that our amazing students are once again showing us the way.”

The middle school plans a second drop-off of donations to the new Dorset St. facility Dec. 19.

Since it opened on Nov. 1, the Food Shelf has helped more than 75 households, according to director Peter Carmolli.

For more information about the South Burlington Food Shelf, including how to volunteer or donate, visit

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