On a recent Tuesday, I found myself in the basement of the UVM Davis
Center thanking whatever higher power blessed me with a lactose tolerance. I was examining an enticing menu of creatively
filled grilled cheese sandwiches made by the student-run,
non-profit group FeelGood.
With local chapters across the nation, this group sells grilled cheese
sandwiches from locally-donated ingredients and donates 100% of the
profits to the Hunger Project.
"Ending global hunger, one grilled cheese at time," proclaims the
FeelGood website. I was excited to do my small part to support this
cause, but overwhelmed by the options.
There was the "Cheesus Loves Me," boasting cheese, tomatoes,
mushrooms, and spinach. And the Shelburne Sandwich (a tribute to
Shelburne Farms for donating over 60 pounds of cheese a year): a melty
mixture of onions, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and of course, cheese.
For those with a sweet tooth or with the ample appetite needed to follow a
savory sandwich with a dessert sandwich, salvation came in the form of
the "Cheese Louise." Apples, cheese, and the choice of cinnamon sugar
or honey mustard were grilled between two slices of bread on this newest
of the FeelGood sandwiches. The list went on, including the cleverly
named "Catamelt," and sandwiches dedicated to supporter Jerry (as in friend of Ben) and Klinger's, which happily donates its breads.
With nearly four years of operation behind them, UVM FeelGood president Margaret said club members have had the time to get creative.
I settled on the "Cheesus Loves Me" with added pesto (and a fortuitous bite of my dining
companion's "Cheese Louise") and happily parted with my four dollars.
It seemed a small price to pay to help end world hunger and my own simultaneously.
UVM FeelGood sells its grilled cheeses for lunch on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the tunnel entrance in the Davis Center. All the sandwiches named above can be spotted, concocted, and devoured there.