Keep the Village Cooking for Kids!

$6,515 of $120k goal

Raised by 41 people in 18 months
Holly Bartlett McRae
on behalf of The Village School
 EUGENE, OR
Since 2011, The Village Kitchen has become the heart of our school and a model for programs nationwide that are improving school nutrition successfully.   Our "healthy lunch ladies" proudly cook all school meals from scratch using mostly local and organic ingredients, including the fresh fruit and vegetables offered daily on our colorful salad bar.  Most importantly, children love the "home cooked" style meals, with 70% of student eating school lunch every day!

The Village School, which educates 216 kindergarten though 8th grade students, has finally purchased its own building after leasing a school for over ten years. We are very excited but also concerned because the new school does not have a working kitchen!  We need to raise $120,000 by March to build a school kitchen that will serve over 25,000 delicious and healthy scratch-made meals each year.

Help us build the heart of our new school, a school kitchen.

It will cost us $120,000 to create a commercial kitchen that will allow The Village Kitchen to keep cooking scratch meals for the children.  We need to purchase all new cooking, storage and dish cleaning equipment along with the electrical, plumbing and gas service elements required to keep them all running safely.    All donations are tax deductible (less the processing fee).

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Send it to : The Village School
                        2855 Lincoln St
                        Eugene OR 97405

56% of The Village School students qualify for free and reduced lunches.  

Charter schools rely on public funds to operate just like public schools.  56% of The Village School students qualify for free and reduced lunches, through the federal USDA lunch program, offered to families who are most in need.   Because of this, we must reach out to folks beyond our school parent body to raise these funds.  These parents offer what they can to support the meal program by volunteering over 1,500 hours each school year in the kitchen.

We value the opportunity to serve our students nutritious and delicious food, and hope to provide this service in the future with your help.  Please share our story with your friends and family. 

The Village School Kitchen History:

The Village School Kitchen is truly a school kitchen like no other.    We provide meals for the Village School, a K-8 school that was founded in 2000 as one of Oregon's first charter schools.  In 2011, our sponsoring school district began to allow our school to serve its own meals after determining that the school program was operating at a loss. We launched our service after surveying parents and conducting a public request for proposals. The most compelling proposal was submitted by two parents who also volunteered with a local coalition to improve school food on a district level. Since 2011, our "healthy lunch ladies" have made heads turn within our school, our district and nationally, serving delicious meals with mostly organic and many local ingredients.   Our award-winning program has become a model for other schools wanting to improve their school while successfully participating in the USDA lunch program.
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Posted by Holly McRae
17 months ago
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Happy #GivingTuesday – a day to celebrate generosity and give!

As we speak, the hardworking staff and volunteers are preparing lunch for over 200 students and staff. On the menu today:

-Organic black beans (Oregon) and organic brown rice (California) from Hummingbird Wholesale
-Cafe Yumm! Sauce (Eugene, OR)
-Tillamook Cheese Factory cheddar cheese (Oregon)
-Organic De Casa Fine Foods salsa (Eugene Oregon)
-Organic vegetables for the salad bar including carrots, celery, avocados, red bell peppers and cucumbers from Organically Grown Company
-Organic milk from Umpqua Dairy Products, Co. (Oregon).
And to top it off – salad greens from our own school garden!

It takes a well-equipped kitchen to pull off making meals by scratch! Please consider making a donation to the Village School Kitchen to help build a kitchen in their new school to Keep Us Cooking! And please help spread the word!
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Update 5
Posted by Holly McRae
17 months ago
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We recognize how fortunate we are to have such an exceptional food service program to offer our staff and students, but not all schools are as lucky. Kid Food Matters has been working since 2010 to advocate for school food improvements within the 4J school district.

Thank-you Kid Food Matters for your continued support of our program!

“At the Village School, the kitchen truly is the heart of the school. All meals are prepared using fresh, local ingredients, cooked from scratch, and served in a friendly and welcoming environment. The Village School Kitchen demonstrates how school meal programs can provide healthy, nutritious meals to help students thrive, while also contributing to the local economy. Kid Food Matters has supported the The Village School Kitchen since its inception and will continue to do so as it serves as a valuable model for other schools in our community.”

Carrie Frazier
Kid Food Matters Steering Committee Member
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Posted by Holly McRae
17 months ago
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Did you know that The Village School Kitchen participates in the Love Food Not Waste program through the City of Eugene?

We appreciate these kind words of support from Stephanie Scafa, Waste Prevention and Green Building Analyst for the City.

"The Village School Kitchen continually works to enhance the health and vitality of its students. By providing students with healthy, local lunches, the Kitchen is truly a model for sustainability for other schools in our region.

Additionally, The Village School participates in a variety of activities that both reduce the waste stream at the school and engage students in how to properly dispose of waste. These values are inherent to the way the school functions and creates the opportunity for students to become lifelong stewards of their surrounding environments."
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Posted by Holly McRae
17 months ago
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Thank-you to Elegant Elephant Baking Co for the kind words and for providing us with excellent gluten-free bread on sandwich days!

"As a mom and as a baker, I believe that healthy, fresh food contributes to our well-being. I admire the work the The Village School Kitchen does, bringing fresh, local, and organic food to its students. I'm proud to support their efforts by providing Elegant Elephant's allergy friendly bread. Join me in helping the Village School reach their fundraising goal!" gofund.me/villagekitchen

Jessie Scarola
Elegant Elephant Baking Corp.
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$6,515 of $120k goal

Raised by 41 people in 18 months
Created October 20, 2015
Holly Bartlett McRae  
on behalf of The Village School
$500
Anonymous
15 months ago (Offline Donation)
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1C
$250
16 Tons Cafe
15 months ago (Offline Donation)
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MM
$100
Millicent Magee
15 months ago (Offline Donation)
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RL
$200
Rodger Lehr
15 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$50
Anonymous
16 months ago
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KP
$100
Kora & Eli Purdy
16 months ago
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We love to eat at our school! Our parents love that you feed us (organic, locally-sourced) vegetables!

HB
$125
Heather and Ryan Brey
16 months ago
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With gratitude for your dedication to providing wholesome meals to the Village School community!

MM
$150
Matt & Holly McRae
17 months ago (Offline Donation)
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I believe the Village School Kitchen is a model for what can be done in other schools wishing to serve healthy, organic, scratch food to their students!

MM
$1,000
Myra West & Maureen McDonnell
17 months ago (Offline Donation)
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$100
Anonymous
17 months ago
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