Claremont Everyone Eats

Claremont Everyone Eats is a pilot program that pays Claremont restaurants $10/meal to prepare free, nutritious meals for distribution through the Claremont Soup Kitchen. The program accomplishes three goals: providing a revenue stream to hard-hit local restaurants, providing food to neighbors in need, and supporting the state’s agricultural economy, by stipulating that at least 10% of meal ingredients must be sourced from New Hampshire farms and/or food processors.

How it Works

Step 1: Our three participating restaurants each prepare 65 nutritious meals per week, utilizing at least 10% local ingredients in every batch. They package them individually and refrigerate them. 

Step 2: The Claremont Soup Kitchen picks up meals from participating restaurants every week (a total of 195 meals/week between the three restaurants!)

Step 3: Community members seeking food assistance head to the Claremont Soup Kitchen to receive free Claremont Everyone Eats meals.

Step 4: Restaurants are paid $10 per meal by UVEE.

These steps happen almost every day of the week!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when can I find Claremont Everyone Eats meals?

At the Claremont Soup Kitchen during lunch and dinner hours. The Soup Kitchen is located at 53 Central St, Claremont, NH. The Soup Kitchen picks up Claremont Everyone Eats meals per the following schedule. Meals are distributed until they are gone. They may well last through the following day.

Monday lunch: The Hitchin’ Post

Thursday dinner: The Common Man

Friday dinner: The Sunshine Cookshop

Who's eligible? How do I sign-up?

Eligibility: Free Claremont Everyone Eats meals are for anyone who is experiencing food insecurity, or whose food security has been impacted by the pandemic.

Sign-up: No sign-up necessary. At the Claremont Soup Kitchen, receiving a free dinner is simple: show up during dinner or lunch hours and take a meal. No paperwork, no sign-ups.

Can more restaurants join the project?

The current Claremont Everyone Eats restaurant roster is full, but if your restaurant would like to be kept in the loop, should any future iterations of the program take shape, please let us know–shoot us a line at uvee@vitalcommunities.org.

How is Claremont Everyone Eats funded?

Claremont Everyone Eats is funded by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

How can I help this great program?

Thank you for asking! We are excited about it, too. If you are interested in helping in any way, email us uvee@vitalcommunities.org and we will keep in touch!

What are other ways I can get food assistance?

There are many places and ways to get food assistance.

Check Greater Sullivan Strong’s list of Sullivan County food assistance programs and sites, as well as Upper Valley Strong’s list of Upper Valley food access programs and sites.

Call 211. This hotline is staffed by knowledgeable people who will help you find the food assistance that best fits your circumstances. The number will work in both New Hampshire and Vermont.

Consider long standing federal food assistance resources like SNAP , WIC, and free and reduced school meals, which, due to the pandemic, are currently free for all children up to 18 years of age, whether they’re enrolled in school or not. Contact your school to learn more.

Which restaurants are making meals for Claremont Everyone Eats?

The Common Man

The Hitchin’ Post

The Sunshine Cookshop

We hope you’ll join us in thanking them for being such terrific partners in this project.

Inspiration and Support

Vital Communities coordinates Claremont Everyone Eats in partnership with the Claremont Soup Kitchen and our three fantastic restaurants. This pilot program was inspired by, but is in no way affiliated with, Vermont Everyone Eats , for which Vital Communities also coordinates the regional hub, Upper Valley Everyone Eats.

Upper Valley Everyone Eats (UVEE) impact: From September 2020-March 2021, UVEE has served up 74,000 restaurant prepared meals to 52,000 individuals, 33,000 households, and 16,000 seniors, just about all of whom are experiencing food insecurity. UVEE’s seven restaurant partners prepare and distribute free, nutritious meals to over 40 Upper Valley food shelves, community dinners, schools, and senior centers. At $10 a meal, those 74,000 meals translate into $740,000 for our local food service economy.  Collectively, the restaurants are sourcing about 34% of their ingredient costs from local farmers and food producers—amplifying the value of their revenue within the region and state. UVEE is slated to run through June 2021. It is funded at the discretion of Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development, through a grant to Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA).

With this magnitude of impact, we were inspired to bring the model to New Hampshire, and were enabled to do so with support from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, which funded this ten week pilot of Claremont Everyone Eats. Our hopes are that the successes of this pilot will inspire enthusiasm for a larger-scale adoption of this model in New Hampshire.

Claremont Everyone Eats is also inspired by other programs around New Hampshire that connect restaurants to people facing food insecurity due to COVID, such as Community Kitchen of Keene, Community Meals to Go in Portsmouth, and the Monadnock Restaurant Project. “This model, this pandemic response, has cropped up around the state, around New England, and the country because it’s so efficient and impactful,” said Lauren Griswold, Vital Communities’ coordinator of UVEE and Claremont Everyone Eats. “With one source of funding it supports a hard-hit economic sector and boosts community food security.”

Questions? Contact us at uvee@vitalcommunities.org.

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“I cannot overstate how much their programs have contributed to our success. Before purchasing our farm I participated in Vital Communities’ learning collaborative and attended one of their farmer meet-ups. I learned a lot of different techniques and was exposed to many ideas as I visited area farms and learned directly from the farmers and their employees. This also helped me build up a strong network with other local farmers, both new and experienced. I continue to use the connections I made at those events whenever I encounter a problem.

Those connections also allowed me to expand sales. I began selling my pork through another local farm and that is now my second biggest sales outlet for pork.”

Funding for our new farmer advising is made possible in part with  a Rural Development Enterprise Grant from  USDA Rural Development.

Oppportunities

Farm Worker Learning Collaborative

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Flavors of the Valley

Annual local foods expo.

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Valley Food & Farm Guide

Free searchable online guide for farms.

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Workplace Markets

Facilitating farm to worksite delivery.

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Farm to School Network

Farm to school connections.

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Farmer Discussion List

Subscribe and communicate with other farmers.

Join our Farmer Discussion

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“It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s so amazing to know that there is such a wonderful support network here in the UV to help farmers get on track and stay on track.”

Crossroad CRAFT TB

 

“I cannot overstate how much their programs have contributed to our success. Before purchasing our farm I participated in Vital Communities’ learning collaborative and attended one of their farmer meet-ups. I learned a lot of different techniques and was exposed to many ideas as I visited area farms and learned directly from the farmers and their employees. This also helped me build up a strong network with other local farmers, both new and experienced. I continue to use the connections I made at those events whenever I encounter a problem.

Those connections also allowed me to expand sales. I began selling my pork through another local farm and that is now my second biggest sales outlet for pork.”

Funding for our new farmer advising is made possible in part with  a Rural Development Enterprise Grant from  USDA Rural Development.

Oppportunities

Farm Worker Learning Collaborative

Educational and social opportunity for future farmers.

Learn More  >

Flavors of the Valley

Annual local foods expo.

Learn More  >

Valley Food & Farm Guide

Free searchable online guide for farms.

Learn More  >

Workplace Markets

Facilitating farm to worksite delivery.

Learn More  >

Farm to School Network

Farm to school connections.

Learn More

Farmer Discussion List

Subscribe and communicate with other farmers.

Join our Farmer Discussion

Learn More

Link in to the Upper Valley\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s farming community with The Upper Valley Farmer Community Discussion List. To subscribe send a blank message to uvfarming-subscribe@lists.valley.net Subscribers can post a message to this list by simply emailing a message to uvfarming@lists.valley.net

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Valley Food & Farm News

Visit Our Food & Farm Blog

Vital Communities Program News