Village Food Project celebration recognizes teen volunteers

Barb Harrell, executive director of the Village Food Project, presents graduating senior Maggie Goldsberry with a green VFP apron and a cookbook featuring favorite recipes used in the VFP kitchens. Teens earn the aprons after volunteering 12 times.

On July 23, Barb Harrell and The Village Food Project took the opportunity to express their gratitude for the teenage volunteers who are the vital engine for this community service organization. On that evening, a Teen Appreciation Celebration was held at Bay Lanes where the teens had the opportunity to bowl, eat pizza and receive thanks from speakers, including several clients.

The teen volunteers of The Village Food Project help to lighten the load for local families with loved ones battling cancer by preparing organic, nutritious and delicious meals every Tuesday and Wednesday. These meals are then delivered to clients and their families by adult volunteers. The Village Food Project currently serves families in Bay Village and Avon Lake and has been in operation since January 2011. 

Approximately 100 guests gathered to thank the teens. Three of the project's clients spoke to the crowd and praised the work of the volunteers. Deb Campo, wife of client Jeff Campo of Avon Lake, shared that she has told so many people about the meals these teens prepare for them, and “they’re just in awe of young people able to do what you guys do every week.” She let them know that they have made a difference in her family’s lives and encouraged them to continue to “go M.A.D. – Make a Difference” as they head into their futures.

Client Lisa Baumgartner echoed this sentiment by telling the teens, “You made a huge difference in my life and in my family’s lives. I knew that there would be meals on the table that they would eat…I don’t think my family will ever be the same because they’re so spoiled by the food.” 

Mark Nazario, the owner of Bay Lanes, had the honor of wearing the VFP artichoke costume. He also thanked the teen volunteers, emphasized their value to the community and told them that no one can take away from them the experience of giving to someone else.       

The Village Food Project is 100 percent volunteer staffed and 100 percent supported by donations. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation, or if you know of families that would benefit from their services, please visit the Village Food Project website at, call 440-348-9401 or email

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for The Village Food Project. 

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:58 AM, 08.21.2012