Millstone Kitchen is a shared-use commercial kitchen operated by the nonprofit Live Work Eat Gather, Inc. In April 2020 they received a Community Development Block Grant in cooperation with Montgomery County and generous funding from the Town of Blacksburg. This has allowed them to respond to increased food insecurity amidst COVID-19 and to continue to serve freshly prepared and nutritious sit-down meals to vulnerable individuals and families in the New River Valley. They are partnering with HazelBea Catering and On Site Culinary to prepare fresh meals, especially important for those who rely largely on non-perishable items. The program helps them support small businesses at a time when most food businesses are closing or lowering capacity. A variety of community partners, including the NRV Diaper Pantry, Newport Community Center, Future Economy Collective, Christiansburg Parks and Recreations, and the Agency on Aging help distribute the meals.
Thursday, August 20, Warm Hearth Village (WHV) low-income seniors all received meals from the kitchen. Residents will have the option to continue receiving a nutritious weekly meal. WHV is honored to be a part of this program. Karen Nelson, Associate Director of Development for the Warm Hearth Foundation said, “These meals benefit residents in the Trolinger and New River House apartments at WHV. This includes 144 apartments, and about 150 residents, whose average income is just $800 per month,” she said. “One of our values is collaborating with the greater community and this exactly what we are doing with Millstone Kitchen.
Laina Schneider is the Millstone Kitchen Manager. “We are so excited to have Warm Hearth as a partner in this program and reach as many folks as possible. We started with just a single partner back in April. After receiving countless individual donations and a few key grants we were able to grow the program to the next level. Now we are working with two caterers and six community partners to serve upwards of 450 meals per week. Some of our board members including, Michelle Narramore, suggested that Warm Hearth could be a good fit for the program as we were looking for more partners for the expansion,” Schneider said.