After a pause for the new year, the Everyone Eats program in Rutland County will resume on Monday, January 25th.
A table of distribution sites for immediate publication is below. Everyone Eats aims to coordinate the distribution of 3,600 meals per week moving forward. The Vermont Farmers Food Center seeks the community’s assistance in publicizing these distributions so that meals reach families who need them most. More information can be found by following our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram) and on our website.
|Rutland||Vermont Farmers Food Center||251 West Street, Rutland||Monday, Wednesday, Thursday||4 pm – 6 pm||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Vermont Farmers Food Center|
|Chittenden||Barstow Memorial School||223 Chittenden Rd, Chittenden||Wednesday||4 pm – 5 pm||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Chittenden Office of Emergency Management|
|Chittenden||North Chittenden Grange Hall||3 Lower Middle Rd.Chittenden||Thursday||4 pm – 5 pm||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Chittenden Office of Emergency Management|
|Poultney||St. Raphael’s Catholic Church parking lot||21 E. Main Street, Poultney||Wednesday||5 pm – 6 pm||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Poultney Rotary|
|Proctor||Proctor Library||4 Main St, Proctor||Monday||5:15 PM||Drive-thru, first-come first-served||Contact Brookelyn Kimball: email@example.com, 8024592832|
|Danby||Smokey House Center||426 Danby Mountain Rd, Danby||Wednesday||3:30 pm – 5 pm||Pickup at Center, Coordinate with provider by Friday before.||Smokey House Center||Contact Jamie Lombardo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-772-5919 by Friday before to reserve meals.|
|Brandon**||Brandon American Legion||Brandon Department of Recreation|
|Fair Haven||Fair Haven Grade School||115 N Main St, Fair Haven, VT||Wednesday||3 pm – 5 pm||Drive through pickup behind school. Coordinate by Friday before.||Fair Haven Grade School||Contact Harry DiPrinzio to reserve meals by friday before: email@example.com / 917 770 2277|
|Shrewsbury||Shrewsbury Community Church||Wednesday||5 pm –||Coordinate with distribution partners by Friday before.||Shrewsbury Community Church||Call Sue Ransom-Kelly 802- 492-3738 or Roxanne Ramah 802-492-3675 to request meals|
An initial allocation from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) will fund three weeks of programming. Partners across the state including the Scott Administration and Legislature are working together to identify additional funding opportunities. Partners agree on the goal of funding the program through the state of emergency.
During the first five months of the program’s operation, from September to December, the program distributed over 53,000 meals in Rutland County, injecting over $530,000 into our local economy. Distribution of these meals was made possible by countless community partners who staffed distribution sites and delivered meals directly to families in need, often on a volunteer basis.
Feedback about the program has been exceptionally positive as families who are struggling say the meals provided are a great benefit to them. Some feedback provided anonymously by meal recipients:
“I don’t have enough food to last all week. The meals are a great help! Thank you!”
“I deliver meals to the elderly who are struggling to make ends meet. Thank you to all who make this program possible.”
“Help. Food. We need the help. Thank you so much for the food, it is a big help for all of us. Thank you. “
“Getting less than 10hrs a week at work. That is why I am here :(“
“Fantastic meals and workers and greeters appreciated. Thank you.”
“Due to pandemic, haven’t had a paycheck since march. Because self-employees, fall into ‘black hole’ for state benefits.”
“Helps with feeding my family and parents”
The program works with over 15 restaurants throughout Rutland county to provide meals. The Vermont Farmers Food Center and Everyone Eats seeks to establish connections between restaurants and local food producers and will be working to do so throughout the next phase of the program.
Everyone Eats aims to support families in need of food, independent restaurants and caterers and local farmers. Participating meal providers are required to source local ingredients and provide nutritious, balanced meals. The Everyone Eats program is administered at the state level by Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), which coordinates hubs in each of Vermont’s 14 counties. The Vermont Farmers Food Center coordinates the Everyone Eats program in Rutland County.
For more information about Vermont Everyone Eats at the state level, visit www.vteveryoneeats.org.
The Town of Mendon is seeking candidates for the following positions:
Selectboard – 2 year term to complete a 3 year term
Selectboard – 3 year term
Moderator – 1 year term
NOTE: Due to the COVID pandemic, the nominating process for those interested in running for a position has been changed by the Vermont Legislature. Nominating petitions are not required, however, all candidates must submit a signed Consent of Candidate form by 5PM on Monday, January 25, 2021.
The Mendon Town Office will be closed Monday January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thank you.
Due to COVID-19 it is expected that Town Meeting will be held remotely. Details are still to be determined along with voting the budget by Australian ballot.
Please review the draft budget below for the upcoming fiscal year. The Selectboard will discuss the budget on Monday, January 11, 2021 at its regularly scheduled Selectboard meeting at 5:30 p.m. In addition, a special Selectboard meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. to finalize the budget. These will be the final chances to make changes or offer any input into this particular budget. Due to COVID-19, the Town will be voting all articles via Australian Ballot this year. Once the budget has been finalized and warned, no further changes can be made. Let us hear from you if you have any questions, concerns, or other input into the meeting. You can always reach us by e-mail if you’d like. Sara Tully, Town Administrator can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Nancy Gondella, Town Clerk/Treasurer can be reached at email@example.com. Either of us would be happy to send your e-mail along to the Selectboard for consideration.
Further information regarding how to access the meetings will be posted prior to the meetings at https://www.mendonvt.org/selectboard-agendas-minutes/minutesagendas/.
The BUU Board will be ringing in the new year with budgets and ballots at our next extended meeting on January 11th, 2021.
We will be holding a Candidate Orientation for all those interested in running prior to our regularly scheduled meeting on January 11th, 2021 at 5:00pm. We will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the candidate process or the position itself.
Petitions are currently available for three BUU member seats. There are two (2) seats for a Chittenden resident and one (1) At-Large seat to be held by a resident of either Chittenden or Mendon. Board terms are three years, however, please note that one of the Chittenden seats in this election will be for only one year due to a previous resignation.
Due to current situations, the need to obtain voter signatures on a petition has been waived for the 2021 elections. The only requirement this year is to self nominate yourself by submitting a Consent of Candidate form to your local town clerk. Consent of Candidate forms are due to your respective town clerks by January 25th, 2021.
Our regularly scheduled board meeting will begin thereafter at 6pm where we will be voting on the FY22 Budget. A link to the budget can be found on the home page of rnesu.
All Board meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in attending any upcoming BUUSD meetings, please go to the calendar on the RNESU website and click on the link for dial-in information.
Emergency Selectboard Meeting
Tue, Nov 17, 2020 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM (EST)
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The Town office holiday hours will be:
Closed Wednesday November 25 and Thursday November 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Closed Wednesday December 23 and December 24 for the Christmas Holiday
Closed Thursday December 31 for the New Year Holiday
The Mendon Town office will be closed Wednesday November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. We apologize for any inconvenience.