“Cancer magnifies everything. Good times are better. Bad times are worse.
Some new friends appear. Some old friends disappear. Everything is magnified.”
Imagine you have a life threatening illness and plan to undergo rigorous
treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation. From a “getting through the week”
perspective, what does that look like? Do you have a support system in place? If
so, count yourself fortunate.
Andrea, a Positive Community Kitchen (PCK) Board member had just that to help
her recover from her brain tumor and its debilitating treatments. She swears a
large part of her return to health was the outpouring of support from her family
and friends by way of healthy meals and personal visits. Once recovered, her
desire was to support others in this way, even total strangers.
Her return to health coincided with the emergence of Positive Community Kitchen
(PCK) whose purpose is just that. Started in October of 2013 by a group of
people touched by cancer. PCK’s mission is both to prepare nutritive healing
meals for those touched by serious illness and the education of young people in
how to cook and work with whole foods. A wonderful by-product of this dual effort
is the powerful sense of community and joy for all involved.
The rented commercial kitchen is a beehive of activity Monday after school. The
half dozen adult volunteers and half dozen teen chefs will have 2 hours to
prepare the 5 different dishes comprising 120 servings for our clients that week.
Around closing, several new faces appear; our “Delivery Angels.” Our “Angels”
are the face of PCK to our clients delivering our food with warm hearts and
sincere caring. Education is an important aspect of PCK. Through teaching
teens to work with and eat plant-based meals, we are engaging in preventative
health for their lives. Zoe, a teen chef with us for the entire year says “I love
learning about the benefits of different foods and now know that eating colorful
foods is so important.” PCK looks to impact one’s recovery from illness as well as
educating clients and teens, and even adult volunteers on a healthy diet.
Because of the meaningful work we do, our vision is to double the number of
people served and increase our teen education program. Doing so will require
resources and awareness. With the recent LCMS endorsement, we expect to
create interest and raise awareness of our program furthering its mission.
Please visit our website www.positivecommunitykitchen.com and/or follow us on
Facebook. All recipes are listed on Facebook weekly. For client referrals, contact
Fran Calciano at email@example.com or 541-913-9153.
Sandra, our client for 12 weeks last winter says her illness has provided an
opportunity to see life differently. In her words…
“Weakness is a chance to be strong.
Anger is seen as a way to be humble.
Brokenness is seen as a way to be whole.
Pain is seen as a way to be healed.
Anxiousness is seen as a way to feel faith.
Happiness is seen as moments fully aware of being alive.
Family is seen as treasures worth more than all the money in the world.
Friends are seen as RAINBOWS IN THE STORM.”