On August 16, 2023

Vermont Farmers Food Center responds to local flooding with participation in Emergency Eats


Vermont Emergency Eats (VEE), a smaller-scale version of Vermont Everyone Eats, the pandemic-era program that provided meals to food-insecure Vermonters, has launched in response to the recent flooding in the state. VEE is  providing meals to those affected in the nine counties in the Federal Disaster Declaration, which includes Rutland County. 

Southeastern Vermont Community Action, an anti-poverty agency that serves Windham and Windsor counties, is using its experience administering Everyone Eats to get the new iteration of the program up and running in partnership with local EE hubs in each identified county.  

As the VEE Rutland County hub, Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC) will be distributing prepared meals to our county’s residents that have been directly affected by the recent flooding. VFFC, with support from a Bowse Health Trust Grant has been operating a local prepared meal program modeled after Everyone Eats called Rutland County Eats since March of this year. 

During the 30-day period of the newly instated Vermont Emergency Eats that will last through Sept. 5, VFFC will continue to work with restaurants and caterers involved in Rutland County Eats. VFFC will also rely on community partners and organizations to help identify those affected by the flooding.

More information on this program for Rutland County, including qualification criteria,  can be found at  vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org/emergency_eats.

More general information for finding a meal in one of the nine counties impacted can be found at vtemergencyeats.org.

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