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Meals on Wheels

By Christina Royster-Hemby | Posted 4/20/2005

For women who are in treatment for breast cancer and are experiencing fatigue due to medical treatments and medications, shopping for nutritious foods for their families can be an overwhelming proposition, according to local breast-cancer advocacy groups.

So for the last year, Moveable Feast, a local organization that provides meals to Marylanders living with HIV/AIDS, has also been providing food and groceries to women being treated for breast cancer. This part of the program was sponsored by the Red Devils, a nonprofit organization that funds support services for Maryland women in breast-cancer treatment, but there was only enough funding for women to receive the food for one week each month, leaving them to fend for themselves and their families for the other three weeks.

But thanks to additional funding support from Komen Maryland, the Maryland affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Moveable Feast will now be able to provide meals and groceries to these women and their families the whole month. This new partnership will make it possible for Moveable Feast to provide this service to 45 women and their families per year.

“We are so thankful to Komen Maryland for this additional funding, and the Red Devils for their continual funding,” says Vic Basile, executive director of Moveable Feast. “Good nutrition is essential for anyone going through the rigors of treatment for breast cancer. And when a woman in treatment doesn’t have to worry about preparing nutritious meals for herself and her family, a great stress is removed from an already difficult situation.”

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