Vibrant Table has created a new line of business that provides Virtual Event meals for non-profit organization guests. The NPO organizes their virtual event, and VT will deliver the three course meal to patron’s homes with simple re-heat and plating instructions. The goal is to recreate the live shared meal experience that coincides with the live virtual gala. Several organizations have met or exceeded their goal, which is phenomenal given the climate.
NPO’s Vibrant Table has partnered with during COVID for virtual events: Cascade AIDS Project, Portland Center Stage, NAYA, Planned Parenthood, Youth Rights & Justice, Meals on Wheels, Maybelle Center for Community, Raphael House and more, creating and delivering over 3000 meals. Additional information on Vibrant Table Virtual Events, the process, and roster of past organizations can be found here: https://www.vibranttablevirtualevents.com/
Additionally, VT has also had the privilege to partner with The Wave Foundation Food Program who receives federal and private philanthropic funding, along with donated food product to provide meals for the food insecure. VT receives those raw ingredients and develops them into prepared meals that require simple re-heating once delivered. Most of the deliveries are for Native American communities around the state, primarily Umatilla and Warm Springs Reservations. VT has created about 2000 meals for this effort so far.
Lastly, via funding from Project Access Now, VT has been able to provide warm meals to communities in need such as Blanchet House, New Avenues for Youth and Adelante Mujeres, over 1200 meals. Vibrant Table is also partnering with Oregon Food Bank on ways they can assist their efforts, as well. VT has also had success in providing services to Portland corporate organizations during the pandemic; converting their holiday party budget to holiday gift baskets or delivered dinners to their employees instead.