HEALING MEALS COMMUNITY PROJECT RELOCATES ITS KITCHEN TO AUERFARM
Organization’s Growth Compels Move to a Larger Facility for the Second Time in Just One Year
Healing Meals Community Project, Connecticut’s only non-profit that delivers, organic healthy meals to individuals in a health crisis, free of charge, is moving to Auerfarm in Bloomfield. In less than two years since its founding, Healing Meals has outgrown its kitchen for a second time. In the beginning of July, the organization will move from The North House in Avon to Auerfarm where it will also have a large organic garden. The public will be invited to taste some food and view the grounds at an Open House later this summer.
“When we outgrew our space at the New England Pasta Company just over a year ago, we’d have had nowhere to go without The North House,” says Healing Meals executive director and founder Sarah Leathers. “Phil Chabot and the Chabot Family really saved the day when they offered us use of the restaurant’s kitchen. His generosity allowed us to expand our capacity while staying in the area. This exciting move to Auerfarm will give us the opportunity to grow our own vegetables and expand our reach.”
Healing Meals Community Project has a dual mission to provide healing and support for families who are facing a health crisis while empowering youth volunteers with leadership and character building opportunities. Auerfarm executive director Beth Bye said, “It is great to have Healing Meals on the property, their mission ties in perfectly with Auerfarm’s which is to ensure children and adults engage in, learn about, and enjoy agriculture, science, and the natural environment.”
When Leathers and her team of volunteers launched Healing Meals in the fall of 2015, they knew two things – one, the community greatly needed healing and support for families struggling with cancer, auto-immune disease and other life-changing health issues; 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 at New England Pasta Company in March 2016. Healing Meals leaders estimated that if they could achieve their first year’s goal, they would aim for 7,800 meals the second year.
To date, Healing Meals has provided more than 21,000 meals for over 175 clients and their families in 42 towns throughout the greater Hartford area. More than 200 youth volunteers and more than 200 adult volunteers have worked together to shop, prepare and deliver meals, fundraise, care for clients, and so much more.
Volunteers will prepare their first meals in the Auerfarm kitchen the week of July 16, 2018.
About Healing Meals Community Project
Founded in 2015 by Simsbury residents Sarah Leathers and Ellen Palmer, Healing Meals Community Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves 100 percent organic meals free to families in the greater Hartford area who are going through a health crisis. Youth volunteers between the ages of 14 and 19 not only prepare the meals – they develop leadership, job, and work-ready lifetime skills while learning about healthy eating, the power of food choices and the importance of supporting their community. Healing Meals Community Project was inspired by the Ceres Community Project, based in California. Learn more at www.HealingMealsProject.org.