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
"Customer Appreciation Day" Set For March 4
The thrift shop run by Black River Good Neighbors is celebrating another great year. We would not be able to offer all our programs to our clients if it were not for our thrift donors and customers.
We would like to take this opportunity to let you know how much you are appreciated. Please stop by the store Wednesday, March 4th for a snack and a visit from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Don’t forget to enter to win our door prizes.
This winter season is beginning to annoy a lot of us. We have lots of cold and too much snow. But imagine if you didn’t have enough warm clothing to wear. Then it would be a lot more than annoyance. BRGNS exists to help those who need that missing warm layer of clothing. We recycle used clothing by making it available for free to those most in need and by selling the rest. We generally have extra donations in the spring and in the fall that we put aside for our rummage sales too. And sometimes, donated items just don’t sell. Well, those items have a market as well. We pass along our excess clothing to the Southeast Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) for distribution throughout southeast Vermont. They have numerous thrift stores and a very active assistance network in other towns so we have partnered with them in many programs. The point is, whatever you donate to us gets used in some way by a Vermont charity – either as a direct gift to someone in need or turned into cash for use in our operations.
While clothing is a main source of help and support for us, our most active program is food assistance followed by financial assistance for necessities such as rent and heat. But we have to buy most of the food that we distribute and we need cash to pay someone’s fuel bill. We get that cash from a combination of sources – mostly donations and sale of donated clothing and household goods. Which brings me back to where I started. We depend on donations of clothing just as much as we depend on donations of cash.
The next major event on our horizon is the spring rummage sale. It will be held this year on May 15, 16 and 17. Even though that is several months away we are now in the process of building an inventory to sell. That includes clothing, of course, but also housewares, toys, books and furniture. If you have any excess items to get rid of, please consider donating them to BRGNS. And please don’t wait until the last minute in May. Anytime is a good time to drop items off. And even though the weather is cold, we will accept any clothing items. Our staff is busy sorting out spring sales items and busy putting the winter items on store racks. We’ll flip that in a few months, but while it’s so cold we still have a strong need for heavy coats, sweaters and warm gear.