Meet the Team!
Brittany (she/her) graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Studies, a minor in food systems and 2 years under her belt working as a line cook for The Skinny Pancake.
She has since held the positions of Kitchen Manager at The Skinny Pancake’s flagship location for 2 years, Local Food Coordinator, Festival Manager, Director of Mobile Operations and now Operations Manager for The Skinny Pancake and ShiftMeals. She is currently managaing the Chittenden County and Central VT Hubs for the Vermont Everyone Eats program.
Jaya Touma-Kajatt Shoatz
BIPOC Food Sovereignty Program Manager
Jaya Touma-Kajatt Shoatz (she/they) is an Afro-Mexican, Palestinian, queer, femme identified activist from Philly. She began her pursuit of justice at a young age, since then she’s been dedicated to creating spaces where marginalized groups can find homes, respect, and voices. She now attends the University of Vermont where she is currently an Arts student. Over the summer of 2020 she began working with the ShiftMeals Grow Teams and is now one of the two BIPOC Food Sovereignty Co-Managers. In the future she plans to serve and treat her communities as a Black Art Therapist.
Jean Hamilton (she/her) spends most of her time thinking about sustainable, local food systems. Since she moved to Vermont in 2000, Jean has worked in many parts of the food system, including farms, restaurants, retailers, and community development organizations. Jean seeks opportunities to weave connections between grassroots organizing, market development and institutional advocacy to enact lasting systemic shifts towards local economies, community health, ecological vitality, and equity.
GrowTeam Manager & Everyone Eats Coordinator
After graduating from the University of Vermont in 2016 with a degree in Statistics and Food Systems, Sammy (she/her) spent the following years working in the service industry while living on organic farms and in intentional communities. Sammy is serving the Vermont Everyone Eats Progam as the Chittenden County Everyone Eats Coordinator. Through her work at ShiftMeals she is able to help a create a network of collective community garden programs empowering folks to learn to grow food for themselves and foster a mutual aid based network of restaurants and community partners whose goals are to make sure all in our community are safe and supported.
Zymora Cleopatra Davinchi
BIPOC Food Sovereignty Program Manager & BIPOC GrowTeam Manager
Zymora (she/her) is an undergraduate student at the University of Vermont, majoring in Public Communication and minoring in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Community and International Development. She is one of ShiftMeals’ BIPOC Food Sovereignty Program Managers, where she supports Vermonters of color involved in food and land stewardship work. She builds resources, fosters community, develops educational-social programming, and collaborates with other existing BIPOC-led initiatives. Additionally, she is ShiftMeals BIPOC GrowTeam Manager and handles all operations relating to the BIPOC GrowTeam and its mission to empower BIPOC-Vermonters with land, mentorship, and community to grow food for themselves.
ShiftMeals seeks to contract a community-minded and driven storyteller who can support our community food sovereignty initiatives with engaging digital communications. Learn more and apply here.