ELLSWORTH — Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center officials are looking for volunteers for their Home Cooked Healing Program.
Home Cooked Healing is a program based on volunteers who cook in their own homes and provide meals for cancer patients undergoing treatment or going through recovery, who are unable to cook for themselves or their families.
“So volunteers will cook enough meals for eight weeks and the recipients get all of those meals for free,” said Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center Program Coordinator Amy Kurman.
She added the program was suspended during the pandemic because the meal recipients are in the high-risk category with suppressed immune systems because of cancer treatments, so they weren’t able we weren’t able to serve them meals for the past year and a half.
“So now that restrictions are being lifted again, we feel that we’re in a good position to restart the program and our volunteer cooks are generally people who love to cook and have good hearts who are looking to help people in their community,” Kurman said.
The program begins in the fall, and during it, the center will provide training so that all of the cooks are certified by the Maine Health Inspection Program to prepare meals in their homes.
Kurman added this means a lot to those who will receive the meals.
“We’ve had some great feedback, such gratitude from our recipients. Who just feel like they’ve been given such a great gift,” Kurman said.
The deadline for volunteer applications is August 21. Call 207-664-0339 to apply.