Mt. Ascutney Staff Keeping the Community Warm and Fed
Mt. Ascutney staff have a long-standing history of generosity and community spirit, particularly for those that find themselves challenged by difficult times—which can be overwhelming during the colder weather and holiday season. Recently, staff collected Thanksgiving Dinner items for those who might not otherwise be able to provide a holiday dinner. Nearly 50 turkeys and enough food items to fill 30 baskets were contributed to the Windsor Food Shelf—each basket filled with everything needed for a full course Thanksgiving meal. Here are some of the other ways our staff help year-round to improve the lives of our friends and neighbors in our community:
- A team of drivers to transport Windsor area homeless to a warming shelter in a neighboring town.
- Ongoing donation of food for the food shelf at the Windsor Food Shelf, Woodstock Food Shelf and the Windsor Connection Resource Center.
- Donations of laundry baskets filled with cleaning and kitchen supplies to individuals entering transitional housing.
- Donations of food items to weekend nutrition backpacks for a children’s program in Hartland, VT.
- Screening for food insecurity in our Emergency and Pediatrics Departments with referrals to provide connections for access to food.
- Staffing distribution stations at the hospital during Vermont Food Bank’s VeggieVanGo monthly produce deliveries—serving 215 to 250 families every month.
- Hosting and serving community dinners every week at lunchtime and once or twice a month in the evenings between September and June.
- Collecting and distributing presents to area children for Christmas.