Do you need to help a breast cancer patient?
One of my dear, dear friends knew how to help us during breast cancer treatment. She searched and found The Food Fairy. A service that sends chefs to prepare meals at home.
She knew exactly how to help a breast cancer patient.
Since we moved right after initial diagnosis , our community could not rally to create a food train where friends sign up to deliver meals. My friend figured out how friends and family could contribute to a service that would cook the meals in our house and BONUS do the shopping for us. It’s having a personal chef for a short period of time.
Personal Food Services
Versions of food services are popping up everywhere. Blue Apron, Jamie Oliver’s Hello Fresh and Plated are a few well-known brands. These guys send a box of ingredients, a recipe and teach you how to cook. This wasn’t the service we needed. Due to my chemo impacted taste buds, I needed to pick the meals. I also didn’t have the energy to cook.
Then, there are also new services popping up where off-duty chefs come into your home to cook. Brilliant. This is the type of personal food service my friend found for us. Thank you.
How It Works
The great thing about The Food Fairy was I got to specify the meal. This meant they tailored the ingredients to my dietary needs which also included toddler approved food.
I decided we needed help with dinners. Not breakfast or lunch. I basically eat two raw meals a day. Breakfast is Lemon Tea + Organic Green Juice + Green Protein Smoothies. Lunch a salad with veggie protein and fats.
Dinner is another thing. We come together to eat. I make enough food so that leftovers are school lunch the next day.
The Food Fairy totally got it.
“She” emailed asking what I was craving, how many portions I wanted and when our kitchen was ready for Food Fairy takeover.
Yes, The Food Fairy sent a trained chef to our house to prep, cook and clean-up meals. Usually, my kitchen was cleaner after she left.
Once, we had a raw food chef.
Another time a chef from the famous restaurant down the street, Southern Seasons.
Oh! And another big thing… they did the grocery shopping too! Happy happy joy joy.
What I loved About The Food Fairy
Here are 5 things I loved about The Food Fairy:
- Organization and process. They emailed, called and texted preparing for the meals. If I wanted all organic ingredients, that’s what they served.
- They did all the shopping. My friend who found The Food Fairy suggested we pay for the food and let our friends’ donations pay for the service (prep meals, shopping time, cooking). It meant the donations stretched further and supported us all the way through chemo.
- Meals were delicious. We got to try new things like raw organic tabbouleh.
- Meal organization. I set them up with glass containers. They neatly labeled all the containers. The fridge and freezer were stocked.
- No clean-up. As I mentioned, our kitchen was often cleaner when they left.
Help Breast Cancer Patient
You know by now, I love The Food Fairy. I’m guessing you or your breast cancer patient may live close to someone providing the same type of service.
In Marin where we used to live, I got a similar service for a friend who’d had a baby. I searched “professional food delivery” and “chef services” and “meal service.”
For us, the professional food service provided by friends and family saved us.
Hope this helped you or someone you love.
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