Chef Claudia Castillo Holley joins Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown and Culinary Angels Executive Director Lisa McNaney

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Chef Claudia Castillo Holley joins Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown and Culinary Angels Executive Director Lisa McNaney

Photo: (left to right) Chef Claudia Castillo Holley joins Pleasanton Mayor Karla Brown and Culinary Angels Executive Director Lisa McNaney in putting the final touches on meals for residents with severe health challenges in the Tri-Valley. Culinary Angels prepares and delivers delicious and nutritious meals at no cost to patients and their caregivers living in Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton. Mayor Brown dropped in to volunteer some meal prep time at Culinary Angels’ new kitchen site located at Sunflower Hill at Irby Ranch in Pleasanton. To learn more, please visit www.culinaryangels.org.

About Culinary Angels

Lisa McNaney, herself a cancer survivor and also the mother of a young cancer survivor, founded Culinary Angels in 2016. The organization was awarded non-profit 501(c)3 status in 2019. Culinary Angels works in partnership with the First Presbyterian Church in Livermore, which allows the organization the full use of an industrial kitchen. Both Fertile Groundworks and Sunflower Hill Gardens donate the majority of the produce used in Culinary Angel’s meals, which use only organic and locally cultivated vegetables and fruits. Maintaining good nutrition during chemotherapy and other cancer and medical treatments is critical to maintain strength, energy, and a healthy body weight. Between 2017 and the present, Culinary Angels prepared and delivered more than 4,000 meals to local residents, and the need is growing as more people are diagnosed and learn of their services. Some 45 volunteers assemble to prep, cook, and package meals, all of which are required to pass a state accredited course on food handling and safety. To learn more about Culinary Angels, please visit www.culinaryangels.org

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