Our Place food drive planned for Oct. 1

‘Overflow the Opera House’ will bypass the Opera House entirely due to pandemic

BELLOWS FALLS — Our Place Drop-In Center will hold its annual Overflow the Opera House food drive on Friday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year's drive will be different due to COVID-19 restrictions, with the collected food loaded directly into trucks and taken to the food pantry at Our Place rather than hauled into the theater to fill every seat.

Local radio personality Peter “Fish” Case has arranged a live broadcast on The Peak Radio in front of the Opera House. Our Place volunteers will also be on hand to accept the donations curbside.

The food pantry is especially in need of non-perishables such as canned fruits and vegetables, soups, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, baby food, cereal, juice, and toiletries.

The center also accepts cash, which it uses to purchase food from the Vermont Foodbank.

Donations of food and cash can also be dropped off directly at Our Place during the same hours.

Now in its 28th year, Our Place is a daytime drop-in center that offers people help with food and other essential needs. Although not open for in-house dining during the pandemic, each month it has continued to provide food staples to approximately 100 households. It delivers more than 1,700 to-go meals plus other food to 34 seniors in their homes.

Further information about Our Place can be found at ourplacevermont.org, on Facebook, or by contacting staff directly at [email protected] or 802-463-2217.

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