As it wraps up its ninth month of paying local restaurants $10/meal to prepare free nutritious meals for Vermonters in need, Upper Valley Everyone Eats (UVEE) is logging a big milestone: the 100,000th meal! At $10/meal, that’s $1 million in revenue for local restaurants. And we’re not stopping there either: thanks to the program’s stipulation that restaurants source at least 10% of their ingredients locally, area farms and food processors are seeing some of the benefit, too—$64,000 so far. That’s what we call a triple bottom line!
We’re in awe of our restaurant partners who prepare, package, and deliver these incredible meals every week to our many distribution partners (over 45 Upper Valley food shelves, community dinners, and schools!). These restaurants have shown, week in, week out, on top of everything else they have going on, that they are committed to serving our community with their culinary skills and neighborly compassion. Please join us in thanking them: Maple Street Catering (White River Junction), Global Village Cuisine (Windsor), the Windsor Diner (Windsor), Moon & Stars Arepas (Vershire), The Little Grille (Bradford), Tacocat (Randolph), Piecemeal Pies (White River Junction; past participant), Lake Morey Resort (Fairlee; past participant), Simon Pearce (Quechee; past participant), and the Newbury Village Store (Newbury; past participant).
We’re also grateful to our distribution partners, especially the Upper Valley Haven, Listen Community Services, and Willing Hands, who have helped coordinate this far-reaching program from day one, and a wonderful crew of volunteer drivers who have helped us get meals from Point A to Point B for the past few months. We wouldn’t have been able to serve some of the farther-flung food shelves and schools in our region without you!
Here are the numbers:
Total meal count: 100,000 (by the end of this week)
Individuals served: 65,000
Households served: 42,000
Seniors served: 22,000