Worthy Kitchen Night Before the Night Check PresentaitionWoodstock, VT – The staff of Worthy Kitchen, a craft beer and farm diner in Woodstock, presented the Vermont Foodbank with a check for $8,200 to fight hunger.

This donation is the result of their annual Night Before The Night event. For five consecutive years, Worthy Kitchen has brought people together to share a meal, enjoy an exceptional beer list, and bid on silent and live auction items to benefit the Foodbank. The silent auction features an array of 60 artistic, creative local items, products and services from local businesses committed to ending hunger. The $8,200 raised this year marks a record-setting donation for the event.

“This was our most well-attended Night Before The Night events in its history and was also the most fun!” Says Jason Merrill, COO of the Worthy Group. “The generosity of our breweries, the miles driven for the special beers, and Worthy fans all coming together to support the Vermont Foodbank –it was an inspiration. It truly warmed our hearts to see everyone rally around this important cause.”

The event attracts a significant following because of the fixed price farm to food offerings and the many rare beers featured. “This was a wonderful opportunity for our kitchen staff to really show their stuff and get creative and explore new flavor combinations,” adds Kurt Lessard, CFO of the Worthy Group.

In the past five years, the Worthy Kitchen has raised more than $26,000 for the Vermont Foodbank. “We are blown away by the success of this event,” says John Sayles, Vermont Foodbank CEO. “The way the Worthy Kitchen brings together individuals and businesses from the community to fight hunger is truly inspiring. Their efforts help us provide nutritious food to the 1 in 4 Vermonters who face hunger. We are so grateful to the Worthy Kitchen for taking a stand to ensure that all our neighbors have the food they need to thrive.”

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Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network of more than 300 community partners – food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. Food insecurity has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic, economic disruptions, and recent flooding. The Vermont Foodbank and its network have been on the front lines, working to ensure that everyone has the food they need to maintain their health. Last year, the Vermont Foodbank provided over 12 million pounds of food to people throughout Vermont. 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.