Free Range to offer free to-go family dinners Donations of produce, money sought to bolster effort

Chef Jason Tostrup of The Free Range. Chester Telegraph file photo.

By Cynthia Prairie
©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC

Jason Tostrup, chef and owner of the Free Range restaurant in Chester, and Andover resident Chris Meyer are teaming up to ensure that Chester and Andover families — especially those with school children — are provided with some dinners over the next eight weeks of the Covid-19 crisis.

With the shutdown of schools statewide and many businesses either closing their doors or limiting hours to staunch the spread of virus, some families may be struggling.

“Anyone can be just a step away from a disaster,” said Tostrup on Monday, “and this crisis is that one step that could push them over.”

If you have fresh produce or money you would like to donate, you may drop them off at the Free Range, 90 The Common in Chester.

Before dropping off fresh produce or checks, please call Tostrup at 802-875-3346.

You may also donate checks by making them out to Jason Tostrup with Chester Family Dinner Program in the Memo/Note line and mail it to PO Box 672, Chester, VT 05143.

If you are in a family in need, please contact Chris Meyer at 802-342-3139 to be put on the list for either pickup or delivery. Please be sure to give your name, the number of people in your family and any special needs.

Pickups will occur at the restaurant between 3 and 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Meyer will arrange for delivery should you need it.

For more information, call 802-875-3346.

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About the Author: Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor more than 40 years. Cynthia has worked at such publications as the Raleigh Times, the Baltimore News American, the Buffalo Courier Express, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Patuxent Publishing chain of community newspapers in Maryland, and has won numerous state awards for her reporting. As an editor, she has overseen her staffs to win many awards for indepth coverage. She and her family moved to Chester, Vermont in 2004.

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  1. This selfless act of generosity is precisely why I ran back to Chester after evacuating from my college–Bravo! I’m here to lend a hand!

  2. Sue Pollard says:

    Thank you for providing this. It is so heartwarming to see the kindness and generosity come forth in a time of crisis such as this. COVID-19 is teaching us how to revive a true sense of community.
    Thank you, again.

  3. Ken Bergmann says:

    Thumbs up for Jason and Chris! My check goes in the mail tomorrow.