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Posted on: February 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Brookline restaurants encouraged to apply to the Brookline Chamber's Feeding Brookline program

The Brookline Chamber of Commerce is soliciting applications for three to six Brookline restaurants to participate in "Feeding Brookline," a partnership between the Chamber, Brookline Food Pantry, and the State of Massachusetts.

Participating businesses will provide up to 62 prepared (number will depend on number of participating restaurants), securely packaged, and labeled (with ingredients) meals for the Brookline Food Pantry to distribute to food-insecure people in Brookline. This initiative is funded by an earmark in the State budget proposed by Senator Cynthia Creem. The Chamber will manage invoices and payments to restaurants.

Restaurants must submit an invoice to the Brookline Chamber of Commerce after each batch of meals have been cooked, packaged, and picked up. Participating restaurants will be paid by check by the Chamber for $15 per meal plus 7% meals tax = $16.05 per meal for the number of ordered meals, after invoices have been received.

Participating businesses must:

- Provide up to 62 (exact number to be determined, depending on number of participating restaurants) meals per day, two days a week.

- Securely package meals individually and label with names of foods and ingredients.

- Have meals ready for pick up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Consistent day and time to be agreed upon with the Food Pantry.

- Submit invoices each week to the Brookline Chamber of Commerce.

Program length: Tuesday, March 9th through Friday, May 14th.

At the end of the program, you will be asked to fill out a survey to report the impacts on: 1. job creation, 2. job retention, 3. your revenue.

We are looking for healthy meals (and some for a variety of dietary needs and preferences) consisting of a main course and one or two sides. Some examples: fish filet, sides of green beans and potato; or lasagna and salad; or chili, rice, and salad; burrito bowl; red lentil dal; coconut curry; gumbo - you get the idea.

Meals can all be the same on a given day; with the expectation that the menu will change on each pick-up day. Please indicate if you are able to provide meals for a particular diet such as low salt, vegan, vegetarian, kosher, halal, dairy-free, nut-free, etc.

The application opens on Monday, February 8th, and closes on Friday, February 19th at 5:00 PM. A committee including representatives from the Chamber and the Brookline Food Pantry, will review the applications and inform all applicants of decisions via email.

This form is due to: [email protected] by Friday, February 19th at 5:00 PM.

Questions: Contact [email protected]

Learn More about Feeding Brookline and Apply Here

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