Food to Overcome Outcomes Disparities (FOOD Program)
Good nutrition is essential for anyone with cancer it helps build strength, maintain weight and fight infection. But some patients in our community lack the resources to buy the food they need to stay strong. In fact, 61% of cancer patients that participate in programs sponsored by MSK's Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities service (IHCD) are food insecure. Such patients often have worse treatment outcomes and a poorer quality of life than those who have enough to eat.
The Food to Overcome Outcome Disparities (FOOD) program at MSK helps provide nourishing food for patients who need a helping hand. One week of groceries provided by the FOOD program costs $40.
The MSK Black, Latino, Asian and Multiracial Employee Resource Network (BLAM) in partnership with IHCD are hosting a center-wide FOOD drive. This is an opportunity for our MSK family to come together to help our patients by collecting food items and/or making donation. As part of this initiative, we have set up this giving page. We hope you’ll consider joining the cause and making a contribution.
Food Pantries for People with Cancer
Since 2011, the FOOD Program has distributed more than 300,000 nourishing meals to more than 3,500 unique patients and their families. In 2019 alone, 70,000 meals were distributed.
The FOOD Program is currently conducting a clinical trial to study the impact of food vouchers, grocery home delivery, and hospital-based food pantries on cancer treatment, quality of life, food security, and nutritional status.
FOOD Pantry Locations
53rd Street Outpatient Pavilion, MSK
Brooklyn Infusion Center, MSK
Ralph Lauren Center, MSK
Lincoln Medical Center
Kings County Hospital
Coney Island Hospital
Elmhurst Hospital Center
Queens Hospital Center
Brooklyn Hospital Center
In addition to food distribution, the FOOD Program provides comprehensive case management to enrolled patients. FOOD has developed an extensive referral network of patient support organizations, including CancerCare, Stomp the Monster, Food Bank’s Tiered Engagement Network, and God’s Love We Deliver.
Thank you for your support. Together, let’s change what it means to be diagnosed with cancer.