FUNDRAISER HELPS HEALING MEALS COMMUNITY PROJECT SERVE ADDITIONAL 4,500 MEALS
Bill Selig Jewelers Hosts Successful and Inspirational Event for Local Charity
Thanks to the hospitality of Bill Selig Jewelers in Simsbury, the support of sponsors Simsbury Bank and Super Cellars, and the generous contributions of more than 100 people from the Greater Hartford community earlier this month, Healing Meals Community Project raised the funds necessary to provide an additional 4,500 meals to families facing a health crisis this year.
“It was an evening to be proud of the wonderful community we live in,” says Healing Meals Community Project executive director Sarah Leathers. “We are grateful every day for the kindness and generosity of our volunteers, donors, and local businesses who believe in the work that we are doing to support both our families who need nourishing healthy meals and our youth through our youth development program.”
The inspirational event on June 8, 2017 featured speeches, games, hors d’oeuvres passed by youth volunteers, a wine pull, a fun game to win restaurant gift cards thanks to over 50 restaurants that donated gift cards, and a raffle for prizes such as Red Sox tickets and a night in Boston, a diamond necklace, dinner at O’Ya restaurant and a night in Boston, and an original oil painting.
Healing Meals Community Project believes a whole food diet strengthens the immune system, prevents and eliminates a number of chronic conditions and diseases, and improves the outcome of traditional medical treatments. That’s why Sarah Leathers and her team of volunteers launched Healing Meals Community Project in the fall of 2015. They knew two things – one, the community greatly needed healing and support for families struggling with a health crisis, and two, they had the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to make a difference.
With a goal to serve 4,600 meals to families in need during its first year, Healing Meals began cooking meals in the kitchen at New England Pasta Company in March 2016. They figured if they could achieve their first year’s goal, they would increase it to 7,800 for the second year. In April, at the Healing Meals Community Project one year anniversary celebration, the organization announced it had nearly met its two year goal in just 12 months. In its first year, Healing Meals served more than 7,000 meals!
About Healing Meals Community Project
Founded in 2015 by Simsbury resident Sarah Leathers, Healing Meals Community Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves 100 percent organic meals free to families in the Farmington Valley and Hartford County who are going through a health crisis. Youth volunteers between the ages of 14 and 24 not only prepare the meals – they develop leadership, job, and work-ready lifetime skills while learning about healthy eating, the power of their food choices, and the importance of supporting their community. Healing Meals Community Project is the ninth affiliate of the Ceres Community Project, based in California. To learn more, visit www.HealingMealsProject.org.