Across Our Table
Black River Good Neighbor Services is
primarily a food shelf to help people in need. So we distribute a lot
of food, some of which may not be familiar to all people. We try to
find recipes to complement the food that we distribute and now we are
producing a cooking show to introduce those recipes to everybody. The
show is called “Across Our Table” and features two of our volunteers,
Doris Eddy and Peter LaBelle (pictured above in a scene from an episode
of 'Across Our Table'), who discuss the recipes and the food while
demonstrating. The show is broadcast on LPC-TV and is also available on
(Just click on videos and scroll down to find the episode you want to
We have also typed up the recipes
and they are available by clicking
We hope that you find something useful in
the show and we’d love to hear your comments. Please e-mail them to
Summary of 2014 Christmas Baskets
Once again, the volunteers and staff at Black River Good Neighbor Services conducted a highly successful Holiday Basket distribution to help families and individuals all over our service area. Beginning on December 6th with the annual Stuff-a-Bus at Shaw’s market, the BRGNS volunteers began collecting food to be ultimately delivered to families in need. Meanwhile, Santa’s elves began gathering toys to be distributed to the children in those families too. On Thursday, December 18th volunteers packed 130 boxes of non-perishable food items for a full holiday dinner, and on Friday, December 19th bags of toys were moved (by truck, not by sleigh) to the distribution center at Fletcher Farms. Then, on Monday, December 22nd they packed another 116 boxes with milk, turkey, bread, potatoes, butter and eggs. The work wasn’t over, as another small army of volunteers loaded those 246 boxes into vans, trucks, cars and SUVs and spread out over the towns of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly and Plymouth to deliver them in plenty of time for Christmas dinner. Those 246 boxes of food were delivered to 116 households made up of 281 people, including 86 children under age 13. Nobody at Black River Good Neighbor Services likes the fact that there are so many people in need of these services, but all of the volunteers and staff are glad to be able to give of themselves and to be a part of this effort. Making the holidays just a little bit nicer for our neighbors.
A Message from
Peter LaBelle, President of BRGNS
Welcome to 2015! Now that the holidays are behind us at BRGNS we tend to relax a little bit. But we are all acutely aware that hunger never takes a holiday and it is always with us. People fall on hard times as much in January as they did in December and our food distribution efforts are as important now as they were last month. We tend to focus on the big events like distribution of the Holiday Boxes, but we cannot and do not forget that the daily distributions to hungry families takes priority in our work.
Our December 2014 Holiday food distribution was quite successful this year. We gave out 246 boxes of food and dozens of bags of toys to 116 households made up of 281 people, including 86 children under age 13. That distribution was a culmination of months of effort by BRGNS volunteers that began with planning last summer. Food was ordered and collected throughout the fall and toys were collected through dozens of organizations and individuals throughout the area.
Okemo held it’s annual December food drive and BRGNS held its Stuff-a-Bus at Shaw’s on the first weekend of December. Additional food was purchased and trucked to Fletcher Farm where it was all sorted and readied for packing. Then, on December 18th the first round of packing commenced. Meanwhile a small army of volunteers were selecting, purchasing and wrapping gifts for children on our list. When all was in place, another set of volunteers came one by one to Fletcher Farm, loaded their vehicles with boxes and toys and fanned out across the area to deliver meals and fun in time for Christmas. This is a truly community event and it never fails to impress me just how much effort and coordination goes into it.
But all of that effort takes a lot of volunteers and we are always looking for more help. Now that we are into January there is a need for assistance every day with sorting and hanging clothes in the thrift store and general merchandising work. Also, we especially need help filling and distributing USDA orders every two weeks. If you would like to get involved we would love to have you. Please call Audrey at the BRGNS Thrift Store, 802-228-3663. She would love to hear from you.
I, along with our staff, volunteers and clients wish you a healthy and happy New Year!