Being a good neighbor is part of American Flatbread’s mission. We wouldn’t be here without the strength and support of our community.
Here are some of the ways we strive to give back:
American Flatbread restaurants regularly host what we call Benefit Bakes. These are evenings devoted not only to raising funds, but raising consciousness about community issues and individuals we feel deserve attention. We contribute a portion of the price of each flatbread sold during the evening of the Benefit Bake.
Over the years, these evenings have benefited causes including: families left homeless by hurricane Katrina; Bear Witness, a local group of citizens concerned with preserving the habitat of New England bear populations; Project Gesundheit, a group of doctors and entertainers wishing to build a free hospital in North Carolina; and Organic Food for Public Schools, a movement to improve the quality and integrity of the food children eat in school lunch programs.
Every month, we donate “medicine wheel” flatbreads to the Pediatric Unit at Burlington’s Fletcher Allen Hospital. We serve flatbreads to patients, families, nurses, doctors, and caregivers in the ward. We also leave about 20 individual pizzas in the freezer for the kids to have whenever they want until our next visit. Read the Medicine Wheel Story.
Those In Need
Any community member who has found themselves in need is welcome to stop in either of our production bakeries for free flatbreads.
We love getting kids excited about food. We can accommodate class trips and tailor the discussion depending on the class. We love to teach children about food sources, kitchen etiquette, and why food is important. Since doing is often the best way to learn, we guide kids through making their own pizza by hand, and everyone sits together to eat and enjoy the work they have done.
Memberships and Participation
We support and participate in community organizations such as The Vermont Foodbank, Vermont Fresh Network, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, Certified Vermont Made, Local First Vermont, Community Localvore Movements, and Slow Food.
And, as always, we flex our consumer muscle and buy local as much as possible!