I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
-Leonardo da Vinci
Hobbyists Fight Hunger
The process of turning wood into functional and beautiful objects has been around for over 4000 years. Just last year, Mike Barlow and Phil Bondi started turning wood into meals.
The two men met while in high school and started doing home improvement and remodeling projects. That led to purchasing and renovating two residential properties. “Things changed about 15 years ago,” said Barlow, “when we took a few woodworking classes and were hooked.”
They now create tables, cabinets, shelves, shaker boxes and benches as “B&B Woodworking”, a company they formed to sell their creations. Their mission changed a bit when Barlow got involved with Food for the Journey Project (“FJP”): he and Phil agreed to keep selling their products but decided to donate 100% of their sales to FJP. “We do not make items for the money,” said Bondi, “but to help FJP be able to serve meals.” Last year B&B Woodworking donated $700 in sales to FJP,” said Barlow. That provided 700 nutritious meals to families in Dayton neighborhoods.
B&B has a large inventory of products and will start their 2017 sales at Third and Front Street Market on Sunday, April 23rd. The market is open the third Sunday of each month between April and October and is located at East Second Street and Dutoit Street in Downtown Dayton.
“Our goal is $1,000 in sales for 2017,” said Barlow. “I have always felt a calling to help others and I'm blessed to be able to do it through woodworking which I enjoy.”
St. Francis de Sales said "God gifts you talents and abilities, gifts that should be discovered, developed and used for the good of others.” Mike and Phil are answering the call to serve via a personal interest, using their talents to feed the hungry and following in the steps of another woodworker who lived over 2000 years ago.
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"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Albert Pine, English author
Food for the Journey Project, a 501(c)(3) organization, is in our community serving free hot nutritious evening meals to those in need. We serve at multiple sites throughout Dayton offering food and dignity to families, the elderly, the isolated, and the marginalized.