Vermont First and COVID-19
During this time of uncertainty, Vermont First is working with Vermont organizations, agencies, and businesses to move local products to where they are needed. In mid-March, in an effort to #flattenthecurve and keep people safe during the COVID-19 crisis, Vermont campuses and most businesses that provide dining either closed or scaled down to providing only very limited services. Due to this, our food purchasing decreased dramatically and, in most cases, came to an abrupt stop.
Through all of this, the primary goal of Vermont First is to use Sodexo’s statewide purchasing power to support Vermont producers and Vermont’s working lands. Now we are working to connect producers who have been hurt by the significant reduction in institutional sales with food buyers in other sectors looking for more local products.
Please find below a collection of resources for many different audiences in our food system and community during COVID-19.