Chesterfield Master Food Volunteers and the Fisher House Project

Left to right:  Fred and Chris Matthies, Beth and John Herochik

Fred Matthies is a Master Food Volunteer (MFV) from Chesterfield County who initiated and successfully accomplished The Fisher House Project in December 2016.

The Fisher House, located on the Campus of the Hunter Holmes at McGuire Hospital, provides free lodging to the families of veterans receiving treatment. This assistance makes it possible for military family members to stay close to loved ones to support them through their medical crises without the burden of costly accommodations.

Fred teamed up with other Master Food Volunteers, Rebecca Guthrie, Beth and John Herochik and Chris Matthies, to work on this ongoing project that has MFV prepare meals for the residents once a week, monthly.

This project provides volunteers with an opportunity to participate in meal planning, preparation, and presentation serving and cooking for crowds. The goal of the project is to provide nutritious meals by using online SNAP-ed/VCE recipes.

During the month of January, the menu consisted of beef stroganoff over noodles, a fresh garden salad, assorted cookies and beverages. February’s meal was baked vegetable or meat lasagna, a fresh garden salad, assorted cupcakes and beverages. Fred’s dedication to this project has made a difference to the residents stay at the Fisher House.

Without Fred and the other Master Food Volunteers, the Fisher House would not have the opportunity to serve nutritious meals to the residents made by our Master Food Volunteers!

Front row, left to right:  John Herochik, Rebecca Guthrie. Back row, left to right:  Fred and Chris Matthies

Submitted by Steph Grasso, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise