Village Project, established on September 24, 2010, was modeled after the Ceres Community Project of Sebastopol, California. After receiving a copy of the Ceres Project cookbook, Nourishing Connections, Barb Harrell (Village Project Executive Director) learned Ceres’ innovative concept of gathering community to minister to neighbors in health crises, by providing nourishing meals.
Under the supervision of adult volunteer cooks, teens took responsibility for the major portion of meal preparation and packaging. Through this experience local teens learned about nutrition, meal planning, cooking and service. Younger students assist in the organic garden learning the importance of fresh food and growing techniques.
Today, over 28,000 meals and extended services have been provided to over 285 families living in Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Rocky River, and Westlake, Ohio. In addition to serving nutritious meals, clients also receive extended support such as yard clean up, errand running, holiday baskets, flower bouquets, and more. Volunteers number beyond 600, from the ages of two to 90 years. The benefit of working in a multi-generational volunteer setting has been a tremendous gift to the more than 600 volunteers involved; resulting in appreciation and respect for others gifts, talents, experience, wisdom, and energy.