Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) has partnered with the new Vermont Everyone Eats program to distribute prepared meals to people negatively impacted by the pandemic. GMFTS is delivering 350 meals per week in the NEK. The program reimburses local restaurants for preparing locally-sourced meals for Vermonters struggling with food insecurity. Restaurants must use local ingredients in order to participate, and have been negatively impacted themselves, a win, win, win for the state.

Every week, RuralEdge’s SASH coordinators are delivering meals from Auntie Dee Dee’s Homemade Baked Goods in East Burke and Mooselook Diner in Concord to homebound populations in the Kingdom. Newport Natural Market & Cafe is also delivering meals to the United Church of Newport Food Shelf for distribution in downtown Newport every Friday. From September to early December, GMFTS, and partners, will provide 4,000 meals to the community.

Vermont Everyone Eats is made possible thanks to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development and Southeastern Vermont Community Action with funding from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Local Food Access Coordinator, Alida Farrell, helps Doreen Lyon, a Rural Edge SASH Coordinator, pack meals at Auntie Dee Dee’s Homemade Baked Goods in East Burke.