Chester-Andover Family Center receives 1,000 pounds of pet food

Hartley and Oliver watch over the Pet Food delivery to the Chester-Andover Family Center
Hartley and Oliver watch over the Pet Food delivery to the Chester-Andover Family Center. Photo provided

CHESTER, Vt. – Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, the Chester-Andover Family Center has continued to provide supplemental, nourishing food for Food Shelf recipients and Financial Assistance to families struggling to make ends meet. This has been made possible through the generous donations of our community and beyond.

Katsiroubous Produce, now famously known in Chester for their weekly Saturday morning produce drop has been generously donating produce boxes to our food shelf since March. JoJo and Jim Chlebiogiannos have been instrumental in sustaining this initiative that benefits not only the CAFC but the greater Chester community. Jim is vice-president of Katsiroubous Produce and JoJo manages the weekly box sign-up. She also contributes baked goods and stews to the curbside market, currently raising money for a Christmas Toy Drive.

This past week, JoJo and Jim Chlebogiannis sponsored a raffle for Jabra 75t active elite earbuds at the Produce Box drop in Chester to raise money for dog and cat food. It was a huge success, raising over $900. They collaborated with Muddy Paws Canine Center in Windham and Bellows Falls Pet Supply to purchase 1,000 pounds of dog and cat food for distribution by the Chester-Andover Family Center Food Shelf.

It is impossible to exaggerate what a gift this is for CAFC Food Shelf recipients. Putting food on the table to keep one’s family nourished and healthy is always a priority. Imagine having to make a choice between food for your children and food for your pet who is also a part of your family. This generous donation will bring joy and relief to countless families that depend on our food shelf.

The Chester-Andover Family Center thanks Katsiroubous Produce, JoJo and Jim, and all the Chester Helping Hands volunteers for supporting not only the CAFC but our whole community during these challenging times. These weekly produce boxes provide nourishing, fresh food and challenge us to cook and enjoy something new every week. And for the dog and cat food donation, we know that pet owners everywhere say, “Thank you.”

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