BRATTLEBORO — Everyone Eats! Brattleboro — a restaurant stimulus and community food program — will continue through the end of 2020 thanks to a $654,210 grant from the state. The program brings nutritional relief, care, and comfort to the community and vital financial support to local restaurants.
To date, the program — which served as the pilot for a statewide rollout — has distributed over 11,950 meals to over 3,000 households while directly paying local businesses $120,000. These strong numbers enabled Everyone Eats! Brattleboro to ramp up to 850 meals per day for September through December 10, broadening the reach of the program.
The initial 4-week pilot worked with nine Brattleboro restaurants to prepare meals four days a week. With the extension of the program, Shin-La and Echo Restaurant have been added to the lineup and its program director, Stephanie Bonin, is working to add others.
Residents in Brattleboro, Putney, Dummerston, Guilford, and Vernon can continue to pick up meals at 80 Flat Street, Monday through Thursday until Dec. 10. Pick up is from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. Meals are free for everyone and no registration is required. Local social service organizations can also sign up directly for meals to provide to their clients. See https://www.brattleboro.com/EveryoneEats for more information.
New Everyone Eats! programs are cropping up statewide, with 10 "hubs" already created. As new programs get started, organizers look to Everyone Eats! Brattleboro for best practices. The program gained national recognition with coverage from NBC shining a spotlight on Vermont's successful community response to the pandemic.
Restaurants involved: Dosa Kitchen, Yalla, duo Restaurant, Echo, A Vermont Table, The Porch, Masala House, Hazel, Shin-La, Mama Sezz, and The Works.
Downtown Brattleboro Alliance (DBA) is a non-profit whose mission is to promote the vitality of downtown, the primary center of commerce, culture, and community life for Brattleboro and the surrounding area. DBA is the official non-profit Designated Downtown Organization for the Town of Brattleboro, providing access to grants, technical assistance, and networking opportunities.