Letter: Your Thanks

Editor of the Reformer:

As a member of the Groundworks Collaborative Board of Directors, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the local businesses, sponsors, and volunteers that made this year's Empty Bowls Dinner such a success. Over 600 people attended the dinner on the night of Oct. 7 at Landmark College to raise funds for Groundworks' Food Shelf. Through the support of our sponsors, potters, local restaurants, diners, and those who purchased bowls, we raised over $30,000, one of the largest fundraisers this year for Groundworks Collaborative. The amount raised has the potential of assisting

over 1,000 food insecure households in our area. This event is an amazing community effort, where a large number of volunteers and organizations come together for a great cause.

Groundworks Collaborative provides food, shelter, and ongoing support to our neighbors struggling to meet their basic human needs - including operation of our region's busiest food shelf and the only year-round homeless shelter in our area. Groundworks also operates our community's seasonal emergency shelter. This year, it is slated to open on Nov. 13 for the winter season at its new location, the Winston Prouty Campus.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to this year's generous sponsors of the Empty Bowls Dinner: Trust Company of Vermont, Basketville, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, and Silver Forest. Additional sponsors included Against the Grain, Brattleboro Food Co-op, DMI Paving and Excavating, Farnum Insulators, Foard Panel, 92.7 WKVT, and King Arthur Flour. Our host sponsors Landmark College and Chartwells have been there for us for many years by providing their space and key resources, which have made the event an annual success. The donation of soup, bread, apples, crackers, yogurt, and ice cream are a critical part of this event.The following restaurants, cafes, and food service providers donated gallons upon gallons of soup to feed hundreds of participants and volunteers: Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Chartwells Landmark, Chelsea Royal Diner, Entera Catering, Putney Food Co-op, Terri Ziter Catering, Duo, The Gleanery, World Learning, Katy's Great Food, New England House, Whetstone Station Restaurant, Superfresh! Organic Caf , Ramunto's, and Vermont Country Deli. Food donors included Grafton Village Cheese, Westminster Crackers, Cabot Cheese, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Green Mountain Orchards, Against the Grain Gourmet Foods, Commonwealth Dairy, and Orchard Hill Breadworks.

A big thanks to our many volunteers who planned the event for months, sold tickets, hung posters, washed bowls, transported food and materials, prepared food, organized and arranged bowls, and cleaned up the Landmark dining hall.

Special thanks go out to Jess Rodrigues and Kelly O'Ryan who recruited and supported the majority of this year's volunteers. Likewise, our sincere thanks extend to Alan Steinberg for over fourteen years of service to the Empty Bowls Dinner. Thanks to all of our community members for collaborating on this fantastic event, and I look forward to next year's dinner in October.


Scott Sharland

Groundworks Board of Directors

Brattleboro, Oct. 30


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