Jay Area Food Shelf
Serving the towns of 
Jay, Lowell, North Troy, Troy & Westfield

 

Save the Dates
to donate Spring/Summer Clothing 
Bring to Jay Food Shelf, Jay Town Hall

Sat., April 2, & Sat., May 7
10 am - noon

Clothing must be separated into
Woman, Men, Children, Gently Used & Clean
We reserve the right to not accept for any reason.
Please do not drop off any other time.

Jay Town Clerk's office:
802.988.2996

Kim Lucier :
802.848.3133

VT Food Bank:
800.585.2265

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January, 2022 

The Jay Focus Group is proud to announce our new alliance with the Jay Area Food Shelf serving the towns of Jay, Lowell, North Troy, Troy & Westfield. Many thanks to the First Congregational Church of North Troy for their many years of service as the 501(c) 3 for the Jay Area Food Shelf. In order for the VT Food Bank to sell and transport to the Jay Area Food Shelf. They REQUIRE the food shelf to align with a 501(c) 3. In order to keep our donation funds used exclusively for the Jay Area.


Over the years we have happily raised funds, and supported food & clothing drives for the Jay Area Food Shelf and we are happy to continue to support Kim Lucier, Director of the food shelf, going forward. The Food Shelf depends on donations and appropriations. A very special thanks to everyone who donated time, food and money to the food shelf. With the continued support & generosity from area community members, the food shelf can continue to serve many people in the area when they need a little help.

 

For information, whether you qualify for the food shelf program, or the USDA Commodities, please visit the food shelf site in the Jay Municipal Building, on Thursday during operation hours of 9 am to noon or email kim.lucier1961@gmail.com.

For those who wish to make a donation of money, you can do so by sending a check to Jay Area Food Shelf, c/o Jay Town Clerk’s Office, 1036 VT RTE 242, Jay, VT 05859 or online via PayPal thru the Jay Focus Group - www.jayfocusgp.com.

 

Thanks to all who helped make the program a success. A special thanks to Berry Creek Farm for the 2021 season in kind donations. Many thanks to individuals/businesses/organizations who did food drives and/or donated food directly to the Food Shelf and to the many individuals/businesses/organizations for their generous donations ($7591 in 2021), which included Kneeland Masonry, Malinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Verisk Analytics, Hannaford, Jay Focus Group, Intershack and the towns of Jay, Lowell, Troy and Westfield.

 

Thanks to your help, In 2021 The Jay Area Food Shelf served approximately 550 people in the towns of Jay, Lowell, North Troy, Troy & Westfield,

 

While the Food Shelf area is being renovated the Food Shelf will NOT be accepting any clothing. We hope to be able to accept Spring/Summer Clothing sometime in April.
 

Non-Perishable Foods Needed:- No Glass Please!

Canned - Meats, Vegetables, Fruits, & Soups. Peanut Butter, Macaroni & Cheese, Evaporated Milk, Dry Powdered Milk, Nutritional Liquid Supplements, Rice, Pasta, Dry Cerals (Hot & Cold), Dried Fruits, Pasta Sauce, Coffee, Tea, 100% Juices (can or plastic containers), as well as Dish & Laundry Detergent, Paper Goods, Cleaning Supplies, Disposable Diapers (Child & Adult), Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Deodorant , Bath Soap, and don't forget the animals, Dog or Cat Food is always appreciated.


In doubt? email Kim Lucier at kim.lucier61@gmail.com and please drop off during regular food shelf hours.

CSFP Commodity Supplemental Food Program (Senior Boxes9
- who is eligible, guidelines, how to sign up.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a USDA nutrition program that offers free monthly nutrition information and a box of nutritrious foods.

Do you know someone in need of free monthly boxes?

CSFP eligibility.

  • 60 years of age or older, living in Vermont and income-eligible.

  • A child under 6 years of age and not already in the WIC program.

  • A woman who is pregnant or post-partum for less than a year and not already in the WIC program.

  • Individual and/or household income will be used to determine eligibility.

  • Each household member may be eligible, and will need to complete and application form.

Each eligible person receives his or her own box of nutritious foods once a month delievered to the Community Food Shelf in Jay Town Hall. Pick up is available from 9am-noon each Thursday. People can participate in other commodity programs at the same time, but they cannot be enrolled in more than one CSFP site.

Sample Income Guidlines
Elder: 
         1 person    $1106. per month
         2 people    $1483. per month
Women/Children:
         1 person    $1574. per month
         2 people    $2111. per month

Go to your local Community Food Shelf ( for the towns of Jay, Lowell, North Troy, Troy, Westfield) located in the Jay Town Hall, Thursdays, 9am-noon to get application and sign up, or call Kim Arel at 802.848.3133 (email kim.lucier1961@gmail.com) or the VT Food Bank at 800.585.2265 to have questions answered and to enroll). 

.Want to help but don't know how?
Donate on-line or take a check to Jay Town Hall, A $50 donation buys 500 lbs of food.
Suggestions include: Every time you do your weekly shopping  buy 1 or 2 items for the food shelf and once a month drop them off at the Jay Town Hall. Or when emptying your pockets of change put them in a special jar and take to Jay Town Hall once a month. Jay Town Clerk, Lynnette Deaette, will be happy to give your donations to Kim Arel. A great way to teach your children the value of helping out community members in need.

While planting your garden this year, plant an extra row of beans, corn, carrots, lettuce, spinach, beets, cukes, summer & winter squash, potatoes etc for the Food Shelf.

 

Non-Perishable Foods Needed:- No Glass Please!

Canned - Meats, Vegetables, Fruits, & Soups. Peanut Butter, Macaroni & Cheese, Evaporated Milk, Dry Powdered Milk, Nutritional Liquid Supplements, Rice, Pasta, Dry Cereals (Hot & Cold), Dried Fruits, Pasta Sauce, Coffee, Tea, 100% Juices (can or plastic containers), as well as Dish & Laundry Detergent, Paper Goods, Cleaning Supplies, Disposable Diapers (Child & Adult), Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Deodorant , Bath Soap, and don't forget the animals, Dog or Cat Food is always appreciated.

Jay Focus Group  Committee Members

denny lyster -  dlyster11@gmail.com - financials

ladonna dunn  - dialladonna@yahoo.com

shannon escalante -  shannonescalante@hotmail.com

sally rivard  - sallyrivard@gmail.com

peggy loux - jayfocusgp@gmail.com