June 5, 2008
Project Chicken Soup brings comfort by the bowl
(Page 2 - Previous Page)The Project Chicken Soup board has also put together two "client retreats" in the last two years, where clients could learn about nutrition and new treatment options from Dr. Mark Katz, Kaiser Permanente Southern California's regional HIV physician adviser and Project Chicken Soup's medical adviser.
To help raise funds for operation, the organization released its "Kosher Digital Cookbook," a CD-ROM compilation of recipes culled from the personal collections of volunteers, in November 2006. At $10, the disc provides instructions for meals spanning every category from "Breaking the Fast" to "Sweet Endings." The cookbook has brought in $1,300 so far, said Project Chicken Soup associate director Cathryn Friedman.
Katie Martineau, 21, has seen firsthand the joy these recipes have brought to L.A. denizens.
She began volunteering with Project Chicken Soup two years ago through Rotaract, a Rotary-sponsored community service club at UCLA, and now comes to cooking sessions three times a year with five to 10 other students from the club.
"It was great to get to meet the people and see where the food you made is going," said Martineau, who one time delivered meals to clients in Hollywood and Silver Lake. "I was surprised how many different kinds of people were receiving meals. It just shows that whether you're rich or poor, anyone can benefit from a home-cooked meal."
As one person wrote:
PCS is a blessing to the AIDS community. What would we do without you?
For more information, call (323) 933-5402.
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