Vermont Everyone Eats Celebrates 1 Million Meals!

Thursday April 29: Restaurant Meal Providers Celebrate Community Milestone

[Westminster, VT] - On Thursday April 29, Vermont Everyone Eats, a community driven COVID-19 response program is celebrating one million restaurant meals served to Vermonters experiencing food insecurity. Community partners across the state will be hosting local and online celebrations and invite media partners to visit distribution sites to help tell the story of successful statewide collaboration.
Vermont Everyone Eats has been developed through innovative cross-sector, public-private partnerships. 14 community “hubs” execute the programming on the ground in all 14 Vermont counties. These hubs represent hundreds of community organizations who have worked together to contract meals from participating restaurants, manage delivery logistics, promote the program, and ensure the meals are delivered safely to meal recipients.

Jean Hamilton, Vermont Everyone Eats statewide coordinator acknowledges the important role of the community hubs, “Vermont is well-known for its community organizations and thank goodness for them. In less than 9 months, our program was launched from a concept to this moment, 1 million local meals delivered to neighbors all across our state. We were able to do this because of the community organizations that stepped up and got right to work. They are the backbone of our community resilience.”
Vermont Everyone Eats program design draws on many of Vermont’s strengths. It puts Vermont’s independent restaurants and robust local food system at the center of feeding their communities. Over 200 Vermont restaurants have contributed to the one million meals, which have contained nearly $1 million of Vermont produced ingredients.

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Vermont Everyone Eats provides nutritious meals to Vermonters in need of food assistance as well as a stabilizing source of income for Vermont restaurants, farmers, and food producers. Vermont Everyone Eats is made possible by federal funding contracted through the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA). SEVCA administers the program with guidance from a Statewide Task Force and in partnership with the following community organizations.
For information about Vermont Everyone Eats Community Hubs around the state:
Counties Served Community Hub Contact Person Contact Email
Addison Charter House Coalition Michele Gilbert This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Addison Vergennes Boys and Girls Club & Bar Antidote Ian Huizenga This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bennington The Collaborative and The Shires Jackie Borella This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Caledonia Rural Edge Robert Little This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Caledonia, Essex, Orleans NECKA Barbara Edelman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Caledonia, Orange, Windsor Upper Valley Everyone Eats Lauren Griswold This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Caledonia, Orleans Center for Ag Economy Meghan Wayland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Caledonia, Orleans Green Mountain Farm to School Alida Farrell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle ShiftMeals and Intervale Center Sammy Levine This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
Franklin, Grand Isle Healhty Roots Christine Porcaro This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lamoille, Washington, Orange Capstone Community Action and ShiftMeals Casey Engels This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rutland Vermont Farmers Food Center Harry DiPrinzio This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Windham Downtown Brattleboro Alliance Stephanie Bonin; Amanda Whitman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Windham Wilmington Works and The Shires Becky Arbella This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Windham, Windsor Chester Helping Hands and Springfield Family Center Chris Meyer; Trisha Paradis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Statewide Localvore - VEE digital vouchers Dan White This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more statewide information about Vermont Everyone Eats visit www.vteveryoneeats.org

 

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