What is Everyone Eats?

Everyone Eats! is a program that leverages state & FEMA funds to buy and distribute to-go meals from local restaurants. Anyone who has been negatively impacted by COVID is welcome to receive a meal; there are no advance sign-ups or other requirements.

We are currently distributing 5,000 meals a week! We do this by partnering with 20 organizations and working with 85 volunteers. There are three pillars of this program: feeding our community, saving our restaurants and supporting our local farmers and food producers.

As of the end of April 2021 Everyone Eats! has distributed 1 million meals statewide and 150,000 via the Brattleboro hub. This could not have happened without the incredible support of our community, our volunteers, and our organizational partners. Everyone Eats! will draw to a close on June 24th.

More Info

When

Monday – Thursday 4:00pm to 6:00pm or when meals run out (no early-birds, please!)

Where

Meals can be picked up in the parking lot of the C.F. Church Building at 80 Flat Street on a first-come-first-served basis. Please wear a mask! (If you don’t have a mask, ask us for one.)

Who

Anyone in Brattleboro, Guilford, Vernon, Dummerston, Putney, Marlboro, Townsend & Newfane who has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

What restaurants are providing meals?

Brattleboro Restaurants

MONDAY:

Delightfully Delicious, Elliot Street Fish Chips & More, Fast Eddie’s, India Masala House, Stone Church, Superfresh, The Works

TUESDAY:

Andrzej’s Polish Kitchen, Delightfully Delicious, Echo, Elliot Street Fish Chips & More, Hazel, MamaSezz, Stone Church, Thai Hut

WEDNESDAY:

A Vermont Table, Andrzej’s Polish Kitchen, Dosa Kitchen, Shin La, MamaSezz, Whetstone Station, The Works

THURSDAY:

Duo, Echo, Guilford Country Store, Poke Bowl, Whetstone Station, Superfresh, Shin La, India Masala House

Guilford Restaurants

Guilford Country Store

Putney Restaurants

The Gleanery

West River Valley Restaurants

Fat Crow, Townshend Dam Diner

Receive meals directly from an organization in your town!

Are you unable to make it to the distribution site in Brattleboro? Participating towns have different programs which provide Everyone Eats! meals to residents. The same options that are available in Brattleboro are available via organizations. Read below what the process is in your town.

Putney Mutual Aid: Meals are available to Putney residents via Putney Mutual Aid located at Putney Foodshelf, 10 Christian Square, Putney. Distribution is on Mondays 5pm-5:30pm. Reserving meals is recommended, but not required. Meals are available on a first come, first served basis. Delivery is available to those who need it.

Email PutneyVTMutualAid@gmail.com to sign up for meals or request delivery.

Putney Foodshelf: The Putney Foodshelf, located in the Putney Community Center at 10 Christian Square in Putney, distributes frozen Everyone Eats during Open Hours, every Saturday 9:00 am – 11:00 am. The Foodshelf provides a drive-up service  where shoppers are able to choose from an order list of 30 to 40 items, including frozen Everyone Eats! meals. For those shoppers living in Putney that are unable to get to Open Hours, limited deliveries are available. For deliveries and more information about the Foodshelf, please call 802-387-8551 and leave a message or email us at putneyfoodshelf@gmail.com.

Meals are available to Guilford residents via Guilford Cares Food Pantry located at the First Aid Building at the Guilford Fairgrounds, 163 Weatherhead Hollow Rd, Guildford. Distribution is on Thursdays 5pm-6pm. Meals are available via reservation only and reservations must be made by the Sunday prior to the Thursday when they will be picked up. Delivery is not available at this time.

Email or call Pat Haine at pth1946@yahoo.com or at 802-257-0626 for further information and to sign up for a meal.

Meals are available to Dummerston Residents via Dummerston Cares. Distribution is at the Town Office, 1523 Middle Road, Dummerston from 5:00pm – 5:30pm Monday – Thursday. Storage of your meal in the Church refrigerator if the time for pickup is inconvenient is available. Meals are available via reservation only and limited delivery is available.

Email or call Pam McFadden at momsterex35@gmail.com or at 802-451-6945 to reserve meals or inquire about delivery.

Instructions to come!

Meals are available to Marlboro residents via Marlboro Cares. Distribution is available Thursdays 4:30pm-5:30pm during community food share hours at the Marlboro Community Center, 524 South Road, Marlboro. Delivery is available.

Email Max Magen at maximummagen@gmail.com to make a reservation or inquire about delivery.

West River Valley Mutual Aid  serves the towns of the West River Valley corridor.  We offer a variety of helpful services and helping hands in meeting community needs. EE food distribution happens in front of the Newfane church, on the Common, every Wednesday and Thursday, 4:00-5:30 pm.  Deliveries are available on Thursday (confidential request online: Sign up here)
A meal delivery request can be made by phone, please call Jeryl at 802-348-7173.
For information about WRVMA and what we do or to volunteer, you may contact Gloria at 365-7232.

FAQs For Individuals

Meal distribution for individuals is first-come-first-served. There are no signups or requirements. Pickup is from 4-6pm on weekdays Monday through Thursday in downtown Brattleboro in the CF Church Building parking lot at 80 Flat Street.

Yes. All who would benefit from a meal are welcome to participate.

There is no obligation to pay it back or forward. But there are ways you can help!

You can donate paper or plastic bags to be used during distribution. We have a big bin to collect your bags. We will store them away for at least 4 days and then use them in our circulation.

If you would like to make a monetary contribution to help support the program, it will be gratefully received. The base cost of each meal is $10; any amount will be helpful. Touch-free options for donation include Venmo (@DBA100), Paypal, or mailing a check (DBA, P.O. Box 961, Brattleboro, VT 05301).

You will receive one individually packaged, cold, ready-to-eat or heat & serve dinner for each person you request a meal for.

Yes. Let us know your needs at the time of pickup.

You can request one meal per person per day for each person in your household. Meals will be first-come-first-served.

Yes, you can pick up meals for up to three households including your own.

Meals will be distributed cold, so if you are driving a distance, delivering to other households, or distributing through your organization, consider bringing a cooler if you can.

FAQs For Organizations

Yes. We invite organizations to do bulk pickups for distribution to those they serve. Contact Frances Huntley at frances@brattleboro.com for more information.

No, but you will need to reserve meals in advance each week using an order form. To request access to the form email frances@brattleboro.com.

You will receive individually packaged, cold, ready-to-eat or heat & serve dinners for each person you plan to distribute a meal to.

You will choose in advance how many of each type of meal (meat, vegetarian, vegan and GF) and which days you will pick up meals for distribution.

You will need to pick up your requested meals and distribute them to your clients. We cannot deliver them to you.

Pickup for organizations is from 4-6pm on weekdays Monday through Thursday at 80 Flat Street.

How can I help?

Donate money:


Paypal: Everyone Eats
Venmo: @DBA100
Check: DBA, P.O. Box 961, Brattleboro, VT 05301 (check to “DBA” / note “For Everyone Eats”)

Share your feedback:
frances@brattleboro.com

Pick up a meal:
Monday-Thursday 4-6pm

Tell a friend:
brattleboro.com/everyoneeats

Volunteer:
Contact frances@brattleboro.com

Donate plastic and paper bags:
We have a big bin to collect your bags. We will store them away for at least 4 days and then use them in our circulation.

Who is the team behind Everyone Eats?

 Thank you to our powerful Brattleboro hub coalition: Food Connects, Vermont Foodbank, Food Works, Putney Food Shelf, Putney Mutual Aid, VT Agency of Human Services, VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development (ACCD), and Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA).

Vermont Everyone Eats is funded by the state of Vermont and made possible through a grant provided by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to Southeastern Vermont Community Action.

More Resources

3SquaresVT

Due to the pandemic more households are eligible for benefits and all households receive the maximum monthly benefit. As always, there are enough 3SquaresVT benefits for all who are eligible! The more people that apply, the more people get benefits–never worry that by receiving benefits, someone else isn’t getting them.

Text VFBSNAP to 85511 to see if you are eligible for 3SquaresVT or visit their website here for more information!

 

IN THE PRESS

We’ve received coverage nationwide!

Daily Yonder: In Rural Vermont, Food Relief Program Is Eyed as Model

Today.com: How the CARES Act is providing this community with free meals

VT Digger: ‘Everyone Eats’ free meal program set for state rollout

NBC Nightly News: Unique program helping to save Vermont restaurants and feed the community

The Commons: New program offers ‘so much more than just free food’

The Reformer: Everyone Eats looks out for all

Brattleboro Food Co-Op News: New food program feeds Brattleboro and area towns

The Reformer:Peter ‘Fish’ Case: Everyone Eats is a win, win for local restaurants and the community

The Reformer:New food program feeds locals

Vermont Public Radio:Brattleboro pilots “Everyone Eats” community food program

The Peak Radio:Doing Good in the Neighborhood

 

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Questions? Contact Frances Huntley at frances@brattleboro.com

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