Making Dinner for Families at Gilda’s Club Cancer Support Groups

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For the second volunteer outing of 2017, we continued our work in the area of combating hunger (and improving health) by making dinner at Gilda’s Club.

Gilda’s Club is a gathering place for everyone touched by cancer—of any kind and at any stage at no cost. Gilda’s Club offers support groups that focus on different types of cancer, as well as on special needs, e.g., spouses of people with cancer, teenagers, etc. It also offers informational lectures, workshops on crafts, exercise, nutrition, etc. and social, community-building activities such as potluck dinners and comedy nights.

For this activity, we worked to plan, purchase, prepare, serve, and clean up a Family Night meal. On Tuesday nights at Gilda’s Club they have about 50-70 men, women, and kids coming in to participate in emotional support programs. Everyone they serve is dealing with the stress of a cancer diagnosis and they like to reduce their stress by ensuring they have a healthy meal each Tuesday before programs begin.

We had a nice size group and therefore, even more good food and options for folks to choose from! A lot of comfort food too – salad, chicken noodle soup, enchiladas, lasagne, mac & cheese, Hawaiian sandwiches and cookies.

Families seemed to enjoy the meal and we received a lot of personal compliments, including one women telling us to “please come back!” They were very thankful. As were we to help in some small way.

Click here for more information on volunteering at Gilda’s Club – they have lots of opportunities!

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