Groundworks and our Foodworks food shelf are grateful to all of the potters who made beautiful hand-crafted “Empty Bowls” for this year’s virtual Empty Bowls dinner. A number of businesses made this virtual twist possible by selling bowls in their storefronts—including: Zephyr Designs, Everyone’s Books, The Brattleboro Food Co-Op, The Putney General Store, Putney Food Co-Op, The Kitchen Sync, and The Shoe Tree! Working together, this community raised over $27,000 to keep the shelves stocked at Foodworks (very nearly what we’ve raised with the annual dinner!)! Many warm thanks to all who made sure COVID could not spoil this community effort to ensure the food security of our neighbors in need.
COVID-19 has encouraged collaboration between organizations to an extent not seen before. This year, St. Brigid’s Kitchen and Foodworks collaborated to create November and December Holiday food boxes—joining forces to distribute over 400 boxes of holiday food to anyone in need. For many years, St. Brigid’s Kitchen & Pantry and Foodworks of Groundworks Collaborative, have each distributed holiday food boxes in both November and December.
Formerly known as “the Food Shelf” and having operated from the Drop-In Center at 60 South Main Street since the 1980s, Groundworks’ program providing supplemental food to our neighbors in need served well over 3,700 people in over 1,400 households in 2018.