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Healing Meals Foundation Corporation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs, Health, Health Support, Nutrition

Mission: We provide organic meals for people in a health crisis while fostering compassion and empowering youth in our communities. Key aspects of our approach include: ♥ Supporting individuals dealing with serious illness by delivering free of charge, nutrient-rich prepared meals. ♥ Mentoring young people as volunteer chefs and gardeners, giving them direct, hands-on experience to learn how to cook and eat healthy food as well as understand the power of their food choices to build healthier communities and a healthier environment. ♥ Educating the broader community, including health professionals, about the connection between fresh, healthy food, strong social networks, healing and wellness.

Results: Since inception, Healing Meals Community Project has provided over 22,000 meals to 170 families in 42 towns throughout Connecticut. 185 adult volunteers and 175 youth volunteers have been trained and regularly volunteer. In October of 2016, Healing Meals was named a Hometown Hero by the Hartford Courant. Our methodical and planned growth has enabled us to serve clients in 5 counties within Connecticut. Our current primary focus is to deepen our commitment in the Hartford area where the need is significant. We are poised to continue our disciplined expansion over the next several years, with our end-goal of being able to serve the entire state.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Healing Meals is at the forefront of the "Food is Medicine" movement. The mission of providing nourishing meals to those dealing with a health crisis while empowering our youth is powerful!

3 Kathleen H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family was a recipient of healing meals during my husband’s cancer treatment. Not only were the meals nourishing for him, but helped keep me healthy while caring for him and our two boys. It was a huge relief from the stress of caregiving not to have to think about meal planning for our family while navigating his treatments and juggling every day family needs. Our boys loved trying the meals and we could taste the loving care infused in their preparation. Healing Meals not only strengthen families enduring a stressful time, but they strengthen the community with their support, empathy, and care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our community is truly blessed to have Healing Meals Community Project. What a special group of leaders, students and volunteers who inspire me with their dedication and kindness. I have learned so much as a volunteer on food prep and cooking with the youth. I can’t wait to get back to the kitchen where we all can make a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon Healing Meals when picking blueberries at Auerfarm. I loved the mission of organic food for sick people with the added goal of mentoring young people. Having a long career in foodservice made this a perfect match for the volunteer work I was seeking. Healing Meals exceeded all my expectations. Everyone I have met in the organization has been focused, passionate, caring, and unbelievably thankful for everyones effort. This is a wonderful charity and I'm honored to be a part of the Healing Meals team.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering and am so impressed with this organization. Being a part of the providing healthy meals to individuals and families who are experiencing a health issue is humbling and rewarding. There are a variety of ways to help and love that they incorporate the youth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love working with this generous group of kind people! I wholly believe in the healing properties of food and in the kindness and love of this organization and their mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Healing Meals continues to provide me with healthy nutritional meals during my cancer recovery. It's great to know that people like this exist in the world and they do an absolute awesome job!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had no idea what I was getting into when my daughter and I found this organization in our search for volunteer work but HM has been a great addition to my life. I feel like I get a mini therapy session every week as I prep, cook and sometimes delivery food for those in need. The kind-hearted adults and teenagers who volunteer beside me are a boost to my energy as I am able to turn off the chaotic outside world for a couple of hours and enjoy a really positive environment. I have also benefitted from learning about how to prep and cook some unbelievable recipes for myself and my family but most importantly I am reminded to not take good health for granted. I have been especially humbled when I have been a 'delivery angel' and been the recipient of the gratitude that those in need have for our meals. This is an amazing group and I highly recommend that everyone become a part of it in some form, whether it be volunteering your time or a donation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer in the kitchen I usually walk away feeling like I am taking more than I have given! The joy, love, laughter, smells, learning moments and energy I get from the staff and other volunteers are wonderful!
I love Healing Meals.

5 Tracey W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was being treated for melanoma, Healing Meals brought immunobroth to me for many weeks. I loved the love behind the broth, the healthy ingredients and the hope that it was helping me while I continue to have such a compromised immune system. I looked forward to the deliverers and the note each week, knowing that getting better is about what I eat, and also about so much more. Thanks Healing Meals!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Healing Meals this past year. I have completely enjoyed every minute spent with this organization. I have learned more about how food can heal and nourish, but also have seen how so many can come together, bond, enjoy and add love to each meal served. The staff at Healing Meals is truly a special group who can inspire, lead and generate awesome "vibe" with everyone they come in contact with, truly special talent. I encourage everyone in the local Farmington area to get involved somehow. The "feelgood" feeling you get after spending time there is incredible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Healing Meals is a great organization with passionate volunteers and leaders. I have been a volunteer since January and truly have loved every minute of cooking and mentoring the youth . Cooking with the organic foods and vegetables from fresh gardens teaching them about herbs and veggies that heal is the best classroom. I love that these meals are going to help and heal people and their families. It comes from the heart.