Who qualifies for the Healthy Meals program?
Fox Valley Food for Health provides the Healthy Meals Program to qualified individuals and families dealing with cancer and other serious illness in the Fox Valley. Many of our clients hear about the Healthy Meals Program through friends and family in the community.
When is the best time to start receiving the Healthy Meals Program?
Our Client Care Coordinator connects with individuals and their families to determine the most supportive time to start receiving the meals. This often depends on individual treatment plans and personal situations. Based on program capacity you may be placed on our waiting list for a short period of time. A Liaison and Delivery Angel will be dedicated to your needs throughout your time in the program.
How long do I receive the meals?
You will receive our Healthy Meals for an initial session of 8 to 12 weeks. Fox Valley Food for Health volunteers prepare and deliver nutritious meals to individuals and their families. We depend on the generous support of our community to make this possible.
If space in our program allows we will consider extending individuals and families for an additional 12 weeks. We request a donation in the range of $50-$85 per week per person to help us defray our expenses for this additional coverage. Special considerations will be given to those with financial hardships.
How and when do I receive the food?
Deliveries are made once a week on Wednesdays. A Volunteer Delivery Angel will bring the food to your home between 9:30-11:00am. We require the client or family member to be home to receive the meals. Occasionally some special delivery requirements can be accommodated and will need to be discussed ahead of time with your Liaison. Reusable containers are provided for the meals and we ask that they be returned cleaned each week to the program.
Special dietary restrictions?
Information about any special dietary restrictions will be discussed during initial interviews. Should there be any changes to dietary needs while individuals and their families are receiving the meals, our Liaison will be there to support you. Not all Clients with allergies can be considered for the program.
How much food will I receive each week?
Our menus are primarily based on organic and nutrient-rich foods such as leafy greens, vegetables and fruits, supplemented by organic poultry and sustainable seafood. Each week you will receive three or four complete dinners (two vegetarian), two hearty soups, a salad and a healthy dessert made without refined sugar or refined flour. (Link to Resources/Recipes and Menus)
How can I learn more about the food I am receiving?
For more information on the meals you are receiving go to our “Our Food Philosophy” and Nutri-Bites. Please check out information on upcoming educational programs for hands-on cooking and nutrition programs and other special events.
How can friends and family support Fox Valley Food for Health?
The cost of preparing the meals for the Healthy Meals Program is approximately $50-$85 per person per week. Please let your family and friends know about the support you are receiving from FVFFH so they can support our mission by making a donation. All donations are tax deductible.
Donations can be sent to FVFFH, PO Box 532, Geneva, IL. 60134 or through our website here.