After successfully completing a six-week pilot program that served more than 300 meals to nine clients, the Fox Valley Food for Health Project prepares to expand its program by hosting two volunteer orientation programs on January 9 at Roquette America Inc, 2211 Innovation Drive, in Geneva.
A session for prospective teen volunteers will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m.; an adult volunteer orientation will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.
The non-profit program brings local teenagers into the kitchen and garden to learn how to use and grow healthy foods, which they use to prepare nurturing meals for medically challenged patients and their families. Kicking off its 2013 program on Jan. 14, the Fox Valley Food for Health Project plans to deliver five to seven days' worth of meals to 20 clients over the next 12 months, with plans to increase services as needed.
In addition to teenagers interested in learning about cooking nutritious meals, the program is in need of a volunteer coordinator, a fundraising leader, and adult volunteers to do food prep, deliver meals, act as client liaisons, and help with artistic and accounting work. The organization also seeks business partners and community sponsors willing to help underwrite operating and food costs.
"The orientation is open to anyone interested in learning about our project," says director Mary Fremgen. "The project's mission is to build a vibrant network of people within the Fox Valley committed to wellbeing, healthy food, and caring for each other.
Our volunteers serve seriously ill clients, who may be disadvantaged, living alone, and/or unable to afford or prepare the nutritious foods that would improve their health. Our clients have said they value the project because it connected them to the community and because the nourishing meals contributed to their healing."
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