Weather Updates

Curious cooks needed

Updated: February 10, 2013 6:06AM

For anyone who has made volunteering a New Year’s resolution, the recently launched Fox Valley Food For Health Project is in need of help.

The program, which supplies nutritious food to families dealing with life-threatening illnesses, is seeking volunteers to help prepare and deliver meals to 20 new clients.

The non-profit program brings local residents into the garden, and then the kitchen, where they will learn how to turn healthy foods into hearty meals for people suffering from illness and their families.

When it kicks off 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, and increase services as needed.

“Our clients have said they value the project because it connected them to the community, and because the nourishing meals contributed to their healing,” said Program Director Mary Fremgen.

The program also is seeking a volunteer coordinator, a fundraising leader, plus adult and teenage volunteers to do food prep, deliver meals, act as client liaisons, and help with artistic and accounting work.

“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,” Fremgen said.

The project also is seeking business partners and community sponsors willing to help underwrite operating and food costs.

Volunteer orientation programs are planned for Jan. 9 at Roquette America Inc., at 2211 Innovation Drive, Geneva. A session for prospective teen volunteers will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. An adult volunteer orientation will be from 5 to 6 p.m.

For information, email or on Facebook visit Fox Valley Food For Health Project.

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.