Volunteers fill Thanksgiving baskets for families in need, so everyone can enjoy a happy Thanksgiving. Photo: Jeff Knight

Donations of food and funds are still needed for this year’s Mad River Valley Interfaith Council’s Turkey Basket Project which provides Thanksgiving dinner baskets to families in The Valley.

The Mad River Valley Interfaith Council, consisting of members from the eight Valley faith groups, works to fill in the gap in services from state and federal programs by organizing this project. This project has been very successful in the past due to individuals and businesses donating funds and turkeys, vegetables, potatoes, fruit, stuffing and much more to complete the meals. Last year 65 families were helped.

People from The Valley towns who wish to receive a basket or those who know of a neighbor in need are asked to stop by the food shelf to complete a form, speak with their pastor or contact Arlie at 496-3346 or Suzanne at 496-4109. To volunteer with the packing and/or delivery give Arlie or Suzanne a call.

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Volunteer Thanksgiving basket fillers. Photo: Jeff Knight

Food and funding donations can be dropped off at the local churches, The Valley Reporter or by calling Arlie at 496-3346 or Suzanne at 496-4109 to make arrangements. Financial donations should be payable to Mad River Valley Interfaith Council and mailed to them at P.O. Box 342, Waitsfield, VT 05673, or dropped off at the offices of The Valley Reporter on the Mad River Green, Waitsfield.

Food items that are needed include the following: canned turkey gravy, 10 ½ oz. can; stuffing; cranberry sauce, 16 oz. can; canned corn, peas or green beans, 14.5 oz. can; canned fruit, 15 oz. can; applesauce, 23 oz. can; biscuit mix, Betty Crocker; tuna, 12 oz. can; peanut butter, 18 oz. jar; brownie mix, 20 oz. box; crackers, 8 oz. box; brown-in bags (large size); potatoes; fruit (apples and oranges); butter, 1 pound; cheese, 8 oz. bar.