How does Green for Pink work?
Green for Pink provides services to the local cancer community in three ways.
1. We provide one-time emergency food shares to cancer patients at any stage of diagnosis or treatment who are in need of immediate food relief. Need is determined by and shares distributed through our community partners. These shares typically include a variety of healthy pantry foods as well as a small gift card or voucher for fresh produce.
2. We connect cancer patients nearing the end of their journey with fresh, locally grown produce on a seasonal basis — July 1 to October 1. These seasonal shares allow patients to focus on building a healthy vibrant life after cancer.
3. We teach patients, caregivers and those living with metastatic cancer how to prepare easy, nutritious, low-cost meals and make new lifestyle choices that focus on quality of life.
Why do some programs focus on patients at the end of treatment?
Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can decrease appetite and alter the taste of foods. Participating in Green for Pink’s seasonal program at the end of treatment will help a patient regain a taste for healthy food. This program may also come at a time when there is financial need. Finally, patients who have had a long journey may find themselves with gaps in their support system. Green for Pink can help fill that need and get patients thinking about life after cancer
Can Green for Pink provide nutritional counseling?
Green for Pink volunteers are not registered dietitians however, we can refer you to free services in your area. We do provide recipes and can answer your questions on how to use and store produce correctly. Under no circumstances can a volunteer provide medical advice. All treatment concerns should be discussed with your medical team immediately.
How can I help?
Cash donations are always appreciated. You can give your donation to a Green for Pink volunteer or donate via PayPal. 100% of the money Green for Pink receives is used to provide shares to recovering cancer patients in our area. And because produce is purchased from area growers, you’re supporting the local economy as well.
From time to time we have need for knit and crocheted spa cloths to include in our emergency share bags. Cloths may be made using these patterns: http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Dish/grandmas-favorite-dishcloth or http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Dishcloths/Spring-Granny-Dishcloth and should be made from 100% cotton yarn. Contact us for pick-up or delivery arrangements.
We are always in need of the following items: first-class stamps, business sized envelopes, professional printing services, pink and green satin or grosgrain ribbon, 1.5″ wide or less, new or gently used baskets, $20 gift cards to Earth Fare, Wal-Mart or Giant Eagle.
Can I purchase additional produce from you?
We do not sell shares, but will happily refer you to one of the many for-profit CSAs in our area. A great place to start is the vendor list at the Countryside Conservancy.
I am a medical provider. How do I make these services available to my patients?
Let’s talk! Contact us to schedule an appointment. We’ll answer your questions, make sure the program you choose is a good fit for those you serve and provide you with literature.
Is Green for Pink 501c3?
Yes. Green for Pink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Green for Pink would like to thank our community partners for 2015/2016.