Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer Gets Food Program Grant
July 31, 2011 Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer, a Natick-based nonprofit dedicated to the pursuit of a cure for ovarian cancer, announced that it recently received a $10,000 grant to support a new program, in partnership with a private company, to provide healthful meals to recovering patients.
The grant, provided by The Julie Fund For Womens Cancers in Wellesley and Morphotek, a biotechnology company, enabled Ovations for the Cure of Ovarian Cancer
and Healthy Habits Kitchen to introduce the Helping Hands program.
Thousands of women in Massachusetts have ovarian cancer and the recovery period can take months, depending upon the severity and prognosis, said Lisa Collamore, director of operations for Ovations.
A healthy, well-balanced diet is a critical component to recovery however, the time and effort it takes to prepare meals is often more than a patient or caregiver can manage. By making it easy for individuals and families to prepare a healthy meal, we hope to ease the burden of ovarian cancer recovery and care giving.
Helping Hands delivers Healthy Habits Kitchens nutritionally-balanced meal kits at no cost to qualifying patients, families, and caregivers in Massachusetts. Every month, eight patients each receive a delivery of eight freezer-friendly meal kits with one side dish. Patients or caregivers can use the kits right away or stock their freezer.
A meal kit contains everything needed to cook a nutritionally balanced meal easily in less than 30 minutes, according to Ovations. The kits contain locally sourced and high-quality ingredients, such as pre-chopped vegetables and fruit, a protein, sauce and spices, depending upon the recipe. Individuals follow the directions on the box, making hot lunch and dinner entrees.
One meal recipient noted, To be able to come home after a long day of chemo and give myself, as well as my family, a healthy meal has been fantastic. I feel good about the fact that I am taking care of myself by eating properly and am stronger to be able to fight this disease.
Founded in 2006, Ovations for the Cure provides critical of new and ongoing ovarian cancer research and treatment initiatives, increases awareness of the subtle signs and symptoms of this silent disease, and seeks to provide hope, education, and comfort to those currently battling ovarian cancer.