Food is medicine. For people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses, a nourishing meal can make a huge difference in the struggle for wellness.
Chicken Soup Brigade improves the nutritional health of individuals living with chronic conditions and hunger. We recognize the importance of nutrition to overall health. It has the power to reduce symptoms of many illnesses. It can minimize medication side effects. And it can provide comfort when it is needed most.
Chicken Soup’s clients have specific health challenges, such as HIV, diabetes, kidney disease, cancers, or disabling arthritis. Most are living below the Federal Poverty Level, and all require assistance in managing their nutritional health. Chicken Soup offers a comprehensive food and nutrition program designed not only feed people but to nourish them.
In 2014, Chicken Soup Brigade provided vital food and nutrition services to 1,640 people in the Puget Sound region. We filled and distributed 37,047 grocery bags, served 162,000 meals.
Check out the below video that gives you a good overview of the program.
Grocery Program: Full bags of wholesome groceries that include dairy and meats, fresh produce, a variety of easily prepared comfort foods, and tasty snacks. To be eligible for this service, you must be living with a chronic medical condition and meet some other specific criteria.
Meal Program: Wholesome, homemade meals are prepared in our own kitchen, and frozen for convenient reheating at a later time. Most meals meet the nutritional guidelines of the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. Specialized meals meeting diets such as vegetarian, no gluten/no dairy, or easy digestion are available. To be eligible for this service, you must be living with a chronic medical condition and meet some other specific criteria.
Welcome Home Meal Delivery Program: Chicken Soup Brigade provides low-income, isolated individuals living with chronic illness with a series of nutritious meals specialized for their medical diagnosis within 24 hours of release from the hospital. The goal is to prevent future admission to hospital and assisted living facilities so the healing – and road to health — can happen at home.
Nutritional Counseling: This counseling, called "Medical Nutritional Therapy," includes a thorough assessment of each client’s nutritional health and individual dietary needs by a registered dietitian. Together, the dietitian and client determine which diet changes work into the client’s current lifestyle, including social and financial limitations.
Volunteer Opportunities: Chicken Soup Brigade needs your help! We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help cook meals in our fully-equipped kitchen or to deliver groceries to our clients. Volunteers also pack and hand out grocery bags for clients in our pickup center, assist our nutritionists with community cooking classes, and solicit food donations at local grocery stores and farmers markets. Learn more and fill out an application today!
Are you or someone you know living with a chronic medical condition and need help with nutrition? Perhaps we can help! Call a care coordinator at (206) 957-1686 or fill out this form to see if you or someone you know qualifies.
Are you a current client? Need to hold or restart your delivery? Forgot your delivery time? Have questions about your service? Want to talk to a nutritionist? Call a care coordinator at (206) 957-1686 or send us a message.
In accordance with Federal Law and US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independance Avenue, S.W. Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free (866) 632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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