Donations made to assist the Village Food Project

VFP volunteers (front row) Barb Harrell, Summer Reid, Danny Perrine, Robin Hawkins; (middle row) Kolby Johnston, Taylor Brand, Cameron Shank; (back row) Ellie Faile and Sam Colleran.

Community members of all ages are sharing their gifts and talents to insure the success of The Village Food Project (VFP). Recently, Barbara Woodburn and Nancy Glinka stopped by the VFP kitchen with a few of their first- and fourth-grade students to donate two hand mixers. The students purchased the mixers with money raised from the First-Fourth Key Chain Company. The company annually raises money by selling homemade key chains.   

“We sell the key chains for $1.00. They are about five inches long and have different patterns and themes. This year we sold about 1,500,” Westerly student Kolby Johnston shared.

Up to 60 full meals, complete with side dishes and desserts are prepared weekly in the VFP kitchen. Since the Project cooks a wide variety of meals, many types of equipment are required.  

“The mixers have been on our wish list since the beginning. They will be put to good use right away,” kitchen coordinator Robin Hawkins said. “We are so grateful.”

Without the generous donation of kitchen equipment, the Project would not be able to produce delicious meals in such an efficient way. The Vita-Mix Corporation also graciously donated two Vita-Mix machines during the Village Food Project launch.  

“We have one dessert favorite that can only be prepared in a Vita-Mix”, co-founder and kitchen coordinator Michelle Slatton stated. “The Vita-Mixes allow us to prepare multiple servings in a short amount of time. Plus the kids love using them.”

In addition to the First-Fourth Key Chain Co. and Vita-Mix Corp, VFP has received kitchen equipment from estate sales and individual donors. 

The Village Food Project is a non-profit, operated by volunteers, dependent completely on donations for operation. For a complete list of generous donor partners, please visit The Village Food website at

The Village Food Project also invites you to “like” their new Facebook page at: You may also contact them by email:, phone: 440-348-9401 or by mail: P.O. Box 40023, Bay Village, Ohio, 44140.

Barb Harrell

Barb Harrell is Executive Director of The Village Food Project.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:30 PM, 07.26.2011