What is Everyone Eats?

Everyone Eats! is a program that leverages FEMA funds to buy and distribute to-go meals from local restaurants. We began distributing meals through organizations and directly to individuals in August 2020. Starting in July 2021 we focused distribution only through organizations. The program was originally funded by the CARES Act in 2020 and continues to be funded by FEMA in 2021 to ease COVID-related challenges.

We have been approved to continue through December 2021 with distribution of meals to organizations on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We no longer distribute meals directly to individuals at the Flat Street location.

If you have previously picked up meals at Flat Street and still have a need, you can still get meals. Some organizations that continue providing meals to eaters within their communities include Groundworks, Loaves and Fishes, Retreat Farm Stand, Edible Brattleboro, Brattleboro Boys & Girls Club, Brattleboro Community Justice Center, The Root Social Justice Center, Winston Prouty, Dummerston Cares, Marlboro Cares, Putney Mutual Aid, Putney Foodshelf, Guilford Cares Food Pantry, and West River Valley Mutual Aid.

Contact these organizations directly for information, or order Everyone Eats! meals directly from participating restaurants using the Localvore App (https://everyoneeatsvt.com/).

Many thanks to the restaurants who have provided meals in 2020 and 2021!

Brattleboro Restaurants

A Vermont Table, Andrzej’s Polish Kitchen, Brattleboro House of Pizza, Delightfully Delicious, Dosa Kitchen, Duo, Echo, Elliot Street Fish & Chips, Fast Eddie’s, Hazel, India Masala House, MamaSezz, Pit Mistress, Poke Bowl, Porch Too, Shin La, Stone Church, Superfresh, Thai Hut, Whetstone Station, Works, Yalla

Guilford Restaurants

Guilford Country Store

Putney Restaurants

Putney Food Co-op Deli, The Gleanery

West River Valley Restaurants

Fat Crow Restaurant, Four Columns Inn, Newfane Market, Townshend Dam Diner

Receive meals directly from an organization in your town!

Participating towns have different programs that provide Everyone Eats! meals to residents. Read below to learn what the process is in your town.

Meals are available to Brattleboro residents via these local organizations. Some require reservations. To inquire about receiving EE! meals:

Foodworks: Contact Christine Colascione at ccolascione@groundworksvt.org or 802-490-2412. Meals must be included in a standard two-week food shelf order. Open to the public for curbside pickup or delivery for homebound individuals. For delivery, please go to tinyurl.com/foodworksdelivery. Open Monday 11-4, Wednesday 1-6, Friday 12-4, and the last Saturday of each month 9-12.

Loaves & Fishes: Contact Carol Davis at caroldavis1023@gmail.com or 802-579-1772. Open to the public during open hours with no reservation required. Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30am – 12:30pm.

Brattleboro Community Justice Center: Contact Jonathan Elwell at jonathan@brattleborocjc.org or 561-635-1977.

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

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

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.

Contact Max Magen at maximummagen@gmail.com or 860-248-5484 to make a reservation or inquire about delivery.

Meals are available to residents in towns of the West River Valley corridor through West River Valley Mutual Aid. Distribution takes place in front of the Newfane church, on the Common, every Thursday, 5:00-6:00 pm. Deliveries are also available for those in need.

A one-time registration for both picked up or delivered meals is requested via our confidential request online: sign up here or contact Jeryl at 802-348-7173 or jerylcisse@gmail.com. Registration can also be done in-person during the Thursday pick up time.

For information about WRVMA or to volunteer, contact Gloria at 802-365-7232.

Putney Foodshelf: The Putney Foodshelf, located in the Putney Community Center at 10 Christian Square in Putney, distributes frozen Everyone Eats meals during Open Hours, every Saturday 9:00 am – 10:30 am. The Foodshelf also 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.

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!

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EE! Localvore App

You can use the Localvore Digital Voucher Program to request a meal.

Anyone who would like to can use the Localvore Passport app to redeem Everyone Eats meals. First create a username and password at: EveryoneEatsVT.com. Then download the Localvore Passport app on your phone, log in with your newly created username and password, and click on the EE! heart in the bottom bar. Click on a participating restaurant to see meal options, ordering, and pick up instructions.  

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Full Plates VT offers food boxes to eligible Vermont households. Reservations and pick-up are required. Income limits are generous. Reserve a food box here.

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Hunger Free Vermont has a list on their website that can help you connect with a variety of food resources: See “How You & Your Neighbors Can Access Food“.

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Summer Meals4Kids are available for kids age 18 and under. Pick up at BUHS or Academy School. More info here.

Who is behind Everyone Eats?


The Brattleboro team is:

Stephanie Bonin (Project Director)
Amanda Witman (Restaurant Liaison / Project Administrator)
Max Magen (Organization Liaison / Hub Site Manager).

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.

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:
amanda@brattleboro.com

 

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

 

Questions?

Questions? Contact Amanda Witman at amanda@brattleboro.com

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