Positive Community Kitchen has delivered fresh, organic meals to people facing life threatening illnesses for FREE to the Eugene/Springfield area, and beyond since 2013. Teaming up with local high school volunteers, the kitchen supports over 100 people each week ensuring that soups, salads, entrees, and desserts are packed with the very best nutrition and love as our neighbors recover. We take one stress off a very full plate, by ensuring this program is simple to access and available when it is needed.
PCK is more than a meal. The program for volunteers & for those receiving the meals is offered for at least 12 weeks. This connection to a caring community during what can be a lonely time, full of knowns and the process of connecting to each other through providing this support as a volunteer is vital for us all. It is our hope, wish, and dream that with each person’s 12 week commitment, and in recognizing their impact as a recipient or as a volunteer, that we are rippling positivity well beyond our kitchen and creating a more positive community for all.
In addition to the weekly program of preparing and delivering food with students we team up with Oregon Cancer Foundation, Natural Grocers in Eugene, and the Lane County Farmers Market to produce a monthly cooking series called Nourish: Food for Life. These free demos are designed to inspire & simplify healthy meal prep in your home utilizing seasonal ingredients and are open to anyone interested in being a part.
Today we are stretching even further with running partners with Beth K. #BelikeBeth and run with love!
"Between the years of 2014 to 2017, I was an ultra-runner, health coach and fitness instructor. I have run countless half marathons and fulls. Running has always been my therapy, passion and bliss. At that time, it enabled me to cope with life’s challenges. Fast forward to 2017 and in a span of 11 months, I had impingement of the right hip and labral tear, an emergency neck surgery within six weeks of the hip procedure, and one car accident threw my rehab back about six months. Overall, I had to recover three times.
At the time, my neurosurgeon informed me: “Beth, your ultra-running days are basically over. You should always run on trail, and no more than five miles.” That was a dark period in my life. Positive Community Kitchen filled a void, gave me a forward-thinking purpose, and set me on the path to healing and personal growth. Giving and volunteering helped me to focus on my possibilities; instead of, the many setbacks I had encountered. This put me on the road to recovery.
Currently, I am training to run-walk the 2020 Eugene Marathon - something I never ever thought would be possible again. It seems only fitting this race would be dedicated to raising money for such an incredible, giving organization that has done so much for our community.
Furthermore with a recent family diagnosis, cancer has hit my personal home. My own child suffered from tumors, and now my father has been struck by various types of skin cancer. It is an honor to fundraise and be part of this educational, beautiful team fighting and helping families suffering from cancer, while helping our youth learn real-life cooking skills! "
Thank you Beth & all the runners for choosing to #spreadthelove this season! Go team go!