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Q: How Does the Vermont Foodbank Benefit from Vermont Restaurant Week?

A: Many factors contribute to the total donation including:

  • Proceeds from the restaurant week events; Aperitivo, The Dish and The Bottomless Brunch Bash.
  • A portion of sponsorship dollars. 
  • The Vermont Community Foundation provides a matching grant of $5,000 for the Foodbank. The foundation was established in 1986 by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals and provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments.
  • City Market/Onion River Co-op, one of the festival’s sponsors, makes the Vermont Foodbank its 40 percent recipient in the store’s Rally for Change program during the month of April. That program encourages customers to round up their total at the register.

In 2016, $20,000 was donated to the Vermont Foodbank as a result of Vermont Restaurant Week.

Q: How can I make a donation?

A: There are many ways to make a donation throughout the week. Here’s how:

  • Attend any of the Vermont Restaurant Week events.
  • Visit City Market during the month of April and round up at the register.
  • Make a donation to the Vermont Foodbank on their website.

Q: Does eating at a restaurant benefit the Vermont Foodbank?

A: Eating at a participating restaurant does not directly benefit the Vermont Foodbank. Restaurants are indirectly helping by giving everyone a reason to get out, try new restaurants and support Vermont’s economy. Without the event, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to host the events and partner with other businesses that help us raise money during the week. Last year we raised $20,000!


Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of 225 food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs. In 2015, the Vermont Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters.  The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. Charity Navigator awarded the Vermont Foodbank four out of a possible four stars. Learn more at www.charitynavigator.org.

 Ten percent of Vermont households support the Vermont Foodbank. Won’t you join them? Make a one-time donation or become a sustaining monthly donor by visiting www.vtfoodbank.org/give.   

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