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February 05, 2009

Taste Testing the Grilled Cheese Movement

11cheese600.1a 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.


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FeelGood sandwiches are magical and that is only the start. Thanks for this tremendous review of their passionate efforts to connect all the dots locally and globally! If anyone out there is interested in seeing the movement expand beyond UVM's campus, get in touch; a sustainable end of world hunger IS possible in our lifetime and we are always looking for partners!

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