Chester Helping Hands, Springfield Family Center, and Senior Solutions are collaborating to provide restaurant meals as a supplemental option for existing Meals on Wheels recipients in areas of Windsor County.
The Giving Fridge, a Middlebury-based initiative launched in December 2020, will continue to distribute donation-funded meals via automated refrigerators and heated food lockers.
Vermont Farmers Food Center has launched Rutland County Eats, a VEE-inspired program that will distribute 200 meals per week after VEE ends, funded by an online market where additional prepared meals are sold to the wider community.
Localvore continues to work with VEE-hub sponsoring organizations to support community-specific plans to raise funds to be spent locally on restaurant meals to be provided to people in need within the same local community.
New Moon Catering in Burlington continues to raise funds through their business and recently received grant funding that will allow them to continue offering free meals in partnership with a local cafe.
Putney Cares has been awarded a grant from the United Way of Windham County to work in partnership with Senior Meals (Windham County AAA) to engage local restaurants to prepare their Meals on Wheels meals.
Springfield Family Center is exploring a potential collaboration with NorthStar Health Center in Springfield to provide their clientele with healthy food options prepared by local chefs as an introduction to changing eating habits per physician orders.
Downtown Brattleboro Alliance (DBA) has collaborated with Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (BMAC) to fund 226 donor-funded meals post-VEE to clients of the Groundworks Collaborative Drop-In Center.
Brattleboro-area VEE restaurant, Eddie Cogliano of Fast Eddie’s, is continuing to providing Thursday night congregate meal dinners to local shelter clients as a donation.
Skinny Pancake is in conversation with the Genny in Craftsbury/Albany, Pingala Cafe in Burlington, and others to create a community of practice focused on developing ways to continue making free meals available to the community.
Greater Hardwick Center for the Agricultural Economy will be conducting a listening campaign with participants and restaurants about what the ending of VEE means to the community and the need that continues, particularly among older community residents.