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October 2011

Love Delivered

Cancer patients get nutritious meals

Undergoing cancer treatment can make cooking and eating too much to handle. While spending time with her granddaughter, this client of God’s Love We Deliver receives nutritious meals at home.
God’s Love We Deliver was started to deliver healthy meals to people with AIDS who were too weak to shop and cook for themselves. As word of its work spread, the group began receiving requests from people with other illnesses.

That’s where Orlando Greene posthumously stepped in. An Army captain, ball player, boater, and financier, Greene died of cancer when he was just 57. A month before his death in 1961, he left us a bequest to help needy people who have the disease. In 2001, his generosity supported a grant to God’s Love to offer their services to cancer patients, especially those undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.

Since then, The Trust has given the group $610,000 for the program, which has served more than one million customized meals to 4,500 cancer patients and their families. The group also created a tracking system to capture changes in a client’s health, food allergies and preferences, medications, and referrals made to additional resources. “These meals are important for recovery,” says Irfan Hasan, a Trust program officer. “Research shows that patients with nutritious diets strengthen their immune systems to fight cancer and respond better to treatment.”

Janet’s Story

Janet, a Queens resident, began her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer and didn’t feel like eating much. She was referred to a God’s Love registered dietitian who designed a meal program tailored just for her. “In the beginning, my appetite was not good, but I need to eat in order to keep my energy up. I’m so grateful that the food at God’s Love is so beautiful and delicious—because of these meals, my appetite has returned and I’m enjoying eating again. I’m stronger and able to walk more and I feel so much better. I could never have managed on my own and God’s Love has made all the difference.”

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