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A million meals – a pandemic success story

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by Sylvia C. Dodge

The ingenuity of Vermont nonprofit groups, restaurants, and countless volunteers has turned a COVID-19 problem into a success story.  Last week, the Vermont Everyone Eats program served its millionth meal.  The program generated $10-million in revenue for struggling restaurants, infused nearly $1-million into farms and food-producing businesses, and fed Vermonters experiencing food insecurity due to the pandemic.

Alida Farrell, food access coordinator at Green Mountain Farm-to-School in Newport, termed the program a “three pillar” assault on the economic and social problems caused by the pandemic.

“It’s been a win, win, win” response to a difficult situation, she said.

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