Carolynn Yancey is in the process of trying to fulfill a large order, and if all goes as planned, it will mean cooking 3,000 meals neatly sealed in freezer bags for any Sherwood resident who might need a helping hand.
Yancey hopes to accomplish the mammoth undertaking with Community Cook and Connect, an April 29 event that will gather young people from around town to four separate locations to cook and package the meals, producing enough food to feed the equivalent of 300 families.
"I am really excited," Yancey said about the massive undertaking, admitting she gets a little emotional just talking about it. "And each family gets 10 meals."
Yancey said she's not even placing parameters on who gets the meals, meaning it could range from those truly in need because of financial difficulties to anyone who may have a child who has leukemia to senior citizens to those tired parents who could be supported simply by having extra dinners in the freezer.
Yancey said she got the idea for the event while taken a class through Landmark Worldwide, an international personal and professional growth, training and development company, whose goal is to create a community service projects that both impacts and empowers communities.
With a love for kids, seniors and cooking, Yancey said it was just natural for her to want to forge ahead with the ambitious cooking project.
The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at four featured kitchens including the Sherwood Senior Center, Friends Community Church, United Mountain Home United Methodist Church and Sherwood United Methodist Church. Plans are to man each kitchen with 15 to 20 young people and students in the eighth through 12 grades are still desparetly needed to help cook and package. See information below to sign up.
Yancey said assuming each family is feeding four, that's the creation of essentially 12,000 servings of food.
KATU Channel 2 recently did a segment on the upcoming event, which is being sponsored by The Springs Living and Northwest All Phase Construction, the company Yancey works for.
"The Springs Living has agreed to donate the food," she said. "We don't have to buy any of the food."
The 13 different entrees the young people create will also cater to those who have restrictive diets through the production of some vegetarian options and gluten-free choices for those who request them.
In addition, all the recipes will contain low to no sodium and are nut free.
"And everybody gets the recipe book," said Yancey. "It's a recipe of all the 13 entrees."
The Mom's Club in Sherwood helped her compile all the recipes, she said.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe account (GoFundMe/Sherwoodccc) has been started to pay for liability insurance and to a find donor of goodies for the young people to eat while they're preparing meals.
On April 30, all of those who signed up can pick up their food at the Sherwood Senior Center.
"What we really need now is for families to sign up," she said. Sign up here or visit