What We Offer
Nourishing meals during the treatment of life-threatening illnesses can make a vital difference to patients, who can easily become malnourished as a result of treatment. This in turn can increase to side effects, reduce the effectiveness of treatment, and lengthen recovery time. Those facing life-threatening illnesses will receive delicious, nutrient rich meals for themselves and their family. These delivered meals provide vital nourishment when every bite counts. This significantly relieves stress on the entire family and caregivers from the daily responsibilities of preparing meals, educates clients and their families about healthy food choices and promotes positive eating behaviors.
Our meals are prepared with whole foods that are fresh, organic as much as possible, seasonal and local to ensure that the freshest and most nutrient-rich, whole food is available for our clients. We embrace the American Institute of Cancer Research’s healthy plate format - with 2/3 of the plate consisting of plant-based whole foods.
How it works
Each person receives the following each week:
4 entrees - two plant based and two with meat
1 quart of soup
1 quart of immune broth
bread products from Little Rooster Bread Company, when available
Meals are provided for 12-24 weeks based on need and availability. Please note that the last meal session for 2019 will run from July 10th - September 25th. We are in the process of looking for a new kitchen space and hope to restart in early 2020.
Meals service is free although donations are appreciated. An common donation is $10 per person per week.
Meals are prepared and delivered only on Wednesdays. Meals are delivered between 6:00 - 7:00pm during the school year and during the summer months meals may be delivered between 3:00 - 6:00 depending on the availability of the delivery driver and your schedule.
Has a cancer diagnosis or life- threatening condition and is currently going through treatment
Healthy meals can support the patient in dealing successfully with their illness. (We don’t serve those in the late stages of life or hospice care.)
Does not have a specialized dietary need or more food allergies than we can accommodate. (We are a volunteer operated program and have a limited capacity to handle special food needs.)
Those with a minimal support system to help provide healthy meals during the treatment and recovery process.
Willing to try new foods and eat healthy meals. Ideally, for those who it will help change their eating habits towards healthier choices to support survivorship.
Lives in the Grand Rapids area with a Grand Rapids address. We can occasionally make exceptions for the nearby surrounding area if we have room in the program and meals can be picked up. Someone must be home for meals to be delivered.
Meals are available for delivery Wednesday evenings between 6 - 7pm. Someone must be home to receive meals, they cannot be left on a porch. If meals are being picked up, meals are available for pick up on Wednesday evening between 6 - 6:45pm in downtown Grand Rapids.