Vermont Everyone Eats provides nutritious meals to individuals impacted by COVID-19 as well as a stabilizing source of income for Vermont restaurants, farmers, and food producers.Click for translations
Vermont Everyone Eats is funded by the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund and made possible through a grant provided by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to Southeastern Vermont Community Action.
ShiftMeals and the Intervale Center have partnered to serve the Everyone Eats Program in Chittenden County as well as Healthy Roots in Franklin / Grand Isle, and Capstone Community Action in Central VT (Washington, Lamoille, Orange counties).
HOW IT WORKS
Restaurants are paid to prepare nutritionally balanced meals for those impacted by COVID-19 by using 10% of VT products. Organizations work with Everyone Eats to request meals, or individuals can request meals. Individuals can both pick-up meals at public distribution spots or request meals to-go from restaurants through the Digital Voucher program. To find out where to get a meal, or how to sign up for the Digital Voucher program, learn more below!
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
Everyone Eats is a program for “everyone” negatively impacted by COVID-19. You are eligible to receive meals if COVID-19 has made it harder to get food or you are experiencing food insecurity. Help yourself, help your community!
PICK -UP A MEAL
The following pick-up locations below are only in Central VT and Chittenden County. To find a Vermont Everyone Eats meal site outside of Central Vermont and Chittenden County please click here.
Have questions or comments about receiving meals outside of Central VT and Chittenden County? Contact [email protected]
Lamoille, Washington, and Orange Counties
ShiftMeals and Capstone Community Action joined forces to bring Everyone Eats to Central Vermont.
Have questions or comments about receiving meals in Orange or Washington County? Contact [email protected]
Have questions or comments about receiving meals in Lamoille County? Contact [email protected]
Barre Community Meals | Barre, VT
Montpelier Community Meals | Montpelier, VT
Lamoille County Community Meals
Cabot Food Shares at Faith in Action
Where: 3339 Main St, Cabot, VT 05647
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the Month
11:30am-2pm – first come first served!
Meals provided by Cabot Village Store and Joe’s Soups @ Screamin’ Ridge Farm
Chittenden, Franklin & Grand Isle Counties
ShiftMeals, Intervale Center and Healthy Roots joined forces to bring Everyone Eats to Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties!
Below is the current list of public distribution sites.
Have questions or comments? Contact [email protected]
Milton Elementary School | Milton, VT
Where: Milton Elementary School, 42 Herrick Avenue, Milton, VT
When: Mondays from 4pm-6pm
No sign-up needed
Intervale Center | Burlington, VT
Where: 180 Intervale Road, Burlington
When: Tuesdays from 4:30pm-6pm
No sign-up needed
Mark BBQ Essex Community Meals | Essex, VT ( Sign up needed )
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church | Richmond, VT ( Sign up needed )
DIGITAL MEAL VOUCHERS
Get a meal through the Everyone Eats Digital Voucher program, powered by Localvore!
Vermonters with smartphones can sign up for free meals to be redeemed at participating restaurants across the state.
To sign up head to localvorepassport.com/everyone-eats and then download the Localvore Passport app to start redeeming local, nutritious meals for free!
Don’t have a smartphone? Request a meal at one of the meal distribution sites above.
Over 100 participating restaurants and cafes statewide
At present, more than 100 local VT restaurants are participating in Everyone Eats.
Keeping it local
10% of the ingredients used by the participating restaurants to prepare the meals will be locally-sourced, coming from farms and other food producers located in Vermont.
Everyone Eats in the news
Most recently, CBS National News featured the statewide program in the following article “As Americans go hungry, an innovative free-meal program is running out of money and time.”
"We want to thank you all for including us on this amazing opportunity. Our staff have appreciated this so much. We heard many thanks yesterday. Some were as simple as; "it's nice to not have to worry about dinner once a week" other were, "I was able to save on grocery money and do more for my kids Christmas this year."
– Morgan Evarts, Recruiter-Workforce Builder at Wake Robin
"While we are all so grateful for the opportunity to work with you to get food out to the members of our community, I am particularly thankful to be a part of this. My husband and I have been ambassadors for Hunger Free Vermont for many years, and I have been a fierce advocate in the fight against food insecurity, even before COVID took it's devastating toll. Thank you for all the work you do, and for helping us to be a part of it."
– Julie LaFountaine, Assistant Director at the Pine Forest Children’s Center
"I have felt so honored to be able to be of assistance in this most worthy cause."
– Kathi Manley, Richmond Senior Center
"You all have made such an impact on the food we have been able to distribute to students this semester, I feel so thankful our programs have connected."
– Natasha Lovell, Rally Cat’s Cupboard – UVM Student Food Pantry
"Staff are sharing stories today that families were so appreciative, one family even burst into tears! Thanks for giving us this wonderful opportunity!"
– Tracie Carlson – NFI – VT
"You have helped employ and give hope, going into winter, to hospitality workers in the Montpelier area. It's not just the paycheck, it is knowing we still have a purpose and a way to continue to serve the public post COVID. We know when we buy from our local bakeries, farmers, dairies, and meat producers that it does the same for them. Thank you for making this happen."
– Chef Owner Justin Turcotte of Good Taste Catering, Montpelier
"Folks were so excited to get the meals from Three Penny Taproom...to have a cooked meal, and a delicious one at that, made their day!"
– Karen Hoskey, Director of Worcester Food Shelf
We have connected with our neighbors in a whole new way. Our families are feeling uplifted and supported. Our team is feeling like we are finally able to give back in a way we wanted to during the Stay Home Stay Safe order. The need is heartbreaking and I think on our public distribution nights we have seen how widespread it is. The stories people have shared make all those dark cold nights so worth it. With our families we tend to have a good pulse on who is food insecure and internally support them, but there have been some surprises along the way. Food insecurity comes in many facets and this has helped to alleviate some fears for people.
– Christina H. Goodwin, Executive Director of Pine Forest Children’s Center
"Everyone Eats came at the perfect time. From a business perspective, the program bolstered the kitchen as we've adjusted to a new normal. But the best part is that it aligns with our values to support our community by sourcing from a local farm, and cooking delicious seasonal food for those in need. Everybody Eats is a great example of supporting the entire supply chain with CARES Act funding - from the farm to the commercial kitchen to the food insecure."
– Erin Malone, Momo’s Market
"The food is a great asset to many of our residents who live in affordable housing and are on a very limited budget. "
– Tracy Schneider & Janet Grant, SASH Coordinators