Food insecurity is real! We are grateful to our Cura teams on the frontline who help those who are not as fortunate this holiday season! Learn more about how Cura team members partner with their clients to help seniors, patients, and members of our community through educational cooking demonstrations, supporting Meals on Wheels, and volunteering our time!
Cura offers free monthly healthy food options, demonstrations, and nutrition education to Allegheny Health Network’s Center (AHN) for Inclusion Health, Healthy Food Centers in partnership with Greater Pgh Community Food Bank and Second Harvest. In fact, Cura Executive Chef Amanda Doctor was interviewed by WJET-TV Erie for her part in preparing turkey chili step-by-step with nutritious ingredients commonly stored in AHN’s healthy food center at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, PA. Chef Amanda made it easy for the 19 people in attendance to replicate an inexpensive menu option for the holidays at home. Just in time for Thanksgiving! Previous demonstrations were held at West Penn and Allegheny General Hospitals in Pittsburgh, PA!
Cura teams also respond to the increase in families and seniors facing food insecurity by volunteering their time and resources to local food banks. Recently Cura’s leadership and support teams from Texas volunteered at Frisco Family Services Market in Frisco, Texas!
SUPPORTING MEALS ON WHEELS
Cura also supports the mission of Meals on Wheels (MOW) to enhance the lives of seniors living in our communities who are unable to provide or prepare their own meals. We share MOW’s mission, committed to the delivery of fresh, nutritious food in a compassionate and caring manner, without regard to race, religion, or ability to pay.
For example, at the Highland Community Hospital in Picayune, Mississippi, the Cura team prepares, plates, and packages up to 30 wholesome meals prepared Monday through Friday for lunch service – from beef and broccoli to fried chicken Wednesday, a Southern favorite! MOW clients receive the same high-quality and nutritious food that is prepared for patients or from the retail menu.
The hospital’s restaurant, The Highland Café, is also a unique dining option for the public. “We not only provide community outreach through our MOW program, but the café is a destination providing an affordable option for high-quality food. Even with inflation, our pricing has remained steady,” says Lauren Foley, Cura operations support manager.
Cura also supports the Eastern Montgomery MOW program for their client at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, PA. Clients are accepted for service through recommendations from their physicians, nurses, and/or local social service health agencies.
In partnership with Jefferson Abington Hospital in Abington, PA, Holy Redeemer dining employees (managed by Cura) prepare and package two nutritious meals daily including one cold lunch and one hot microwaveable dinner Monday through Friday for people in need. Meals are delivered to clients who live in Abington, Ardsley, Bethayers, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Elkins Park, Fox Chase, Glenside, Lower Moreland, Jenkintown, Melrose Park, Rockledge, Roslyn, Rydal, and Willow Grove in Pennsylvania.
Cura is proud to support MOW programs and support people who are food insecure not only during the holidays but throughout the year! To find out more about how you can volunteer to help seniors and people who are food insecure in your local communities, please visit https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.