Private Project

Ramen Day

This documentary delves into the heart of the Vermont Everyone Eats program, showcasing its profound impact on combating food insecurity and revitalizing local food systems.

We hear about the program's impact through interviews with general store owners, executive directors of community action groups, food science academics, local organizers, volunteers and the people who received the meals. I wanted to showcase the interconnectedness of the individuals and organizations involved, highlighting the collaborative spirit that drove this silo-busting initiative forward.

We explore the multifaceted aspects of Vermont Everyone Eats through verite footage gathered over multiple seasons. The program was built upon the notion of local control, and it operated differently in each part of the state. We follow the passionate restaurateurs and chefs who stepped up to create delicious meals using locally sourced ingredients. We hear the stories of individuals and families whose lives have been touched by this program, witnessing firsthand how access to healthy, prepared meals can restore hope and dignity during challenging times.

I also felt it critically important to highlight the positive ripple effects of Vermont Everyone Eats on local economies. By supporting local farmers and businesses, this program was a catalyst for sustainable growth, strengthening the fabric of communities and fostering resilience in Vermont's local food systems. We hear this reiterated in the words of small business owners who would not still be open were it not for the Vermont Everyone Eats program.

  • Corey Hendrickson
  • Chris Meyer
  • Bethanie Farrell
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Corey Hendrickson

Corey Hendrickson is a documentary filmmaker and photographer who lives in Middlebury, VT with his wife and two children. Corey received his B.S. in Forest Biology from the University of Vermont, and his M.F.A. in Photography from the Academy of Art University. His photography has been used by Apple, Benjamin Moore, Facebook, Finish Line, Johnson & Johnson, Land O'Lakes, Phish and many others. He is currently working as the DP of a nationally broadcast travel show for PBS. When he is not behind a camera Corey can be found exploring with his kids or else cycling some long forgotten dirt road.

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Director Statement

My intention with "Ramen Day - The Vermont Everyone Eats Story" is to inspire audiences to recognize the power of collective action in addressing societal challenges and to understand the unique value of utilizing prepared meals to combat food insecurity. I hope viewers will be moved to support similar programs in their own communities and advocate for a more equitable and sustainable food system.

Ultimately, this documentary serves as a testament to the transformative potential of compassionate collaboration and underscores the significance of ensuring that everyone has access to wholesome, prepared meals. Through the stories shared and the emotions evoked, I invite audiences to join me in celebrating the resiliency, innovation, and compassion that were the heart of the Vermont Everyone Eats program.