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“A Real Thanksgiving” Community Dinner in South Royalton is planned again this year, to be held at Vermont Law and Graduate School

Wednesday, October 12, 2022


Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS) is seeking volunteers and donations for the Nov. 24 free Thanksgiving dinner. This is the 23rd year the event has been held since it began in 1998 at South Royalton House under the direction of Marilyn Labadie. Labadie is a former employee of the Law School who will continue to be involved this year.

In previous years VLGS has delivered and served turkey dinners to approximately 400 people, serving community members from the surrounding towns of Royalton, South Royalton, Sharon, Strafford, Tunbridge, Chelsea, and Bethel.

VLGS looks forward to getting together as a community to share and give back to those who may be alone or in need. The community dinner is free and open to everyone, relying on donations to cover the event costs.

Starting Nov. 16 food donations of squash, cranberry sauce, and turkey stuffing items including loaves of bread, and celery will be accepted at the Vermont Law and Graduate School’s Café located in the Chase Center. Dessert pies and dinner roll donations will be accepted the week of Thanksgiving.

Volunteers are needed to help prep for the dinner starting Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22 after 3:30PM. Please come to the Chase Center if you can volunteer during this time.

On Thursday, Nov. 24 volunteers are welcome on campus to help prepare for the community dinner and drive to deliver meals to those who cannot attend.

For more information, please contact Shirley Jefferson, Vice President of Community Engagement and Government Relations by emailing Brooke Knudsen at or call 802-831-1373.

If you would like to be part of a team to assist in the process of organizing the dinner, please call Brooke Knudsen at 802-831-1373, businesses and organizations are welcomed to be involved as well.

Anyone interested in having a dinner delivered or having dinner at Vermont Law and Graduate School’s Chase Center, please call or email Brooke Knudsen at or call 802-831-1373 with your name, address, telephone number and directions.

Monetary donations may be dropped off in the President’s Office, located on the second floor of Debevoise Hall, to Brooke Knudsen. Please make checks payable to Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS).

The Heartland Lions Club may be contacted as well, Carol Greene; 802-291-3750.


About Vermont Law and Graduate School: Vermont Law and Graduate School, a private, independent institution, is home to the nation’s premier environmental law program. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, South Royalton Legal Clinic, Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Energy Clinic, Food and Agriculture Clinic, Environmental Justice Clinic, and Center for Justice Reform. For more information, visit and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.