Free Food, Fitness & Nutrition Programs for Cancer Patients
Exercise and nutrition play a vital role for all of us and that is especially true when going through cancer treatment. However, as many of us know firsthand, cancer treatment presents a real barrier to both, especially when you add in unaffordability to the mix. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and you are having trouble affording either or both, free programs can help put food on the table and get access to meaningful exercise programs all at zero cost for cancer patients in the USA.
The programs below offer free food, fitness, and nutrition to help you live your very best life after a cancer diagnosis. From nutritional supplements to yoga, these agencies are focused on your health and wellbeing and offer many free programs to inspire healthier living.
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Take free weekly online classes with LivingWell fitness/yoga instructors. For class schedule and links, please send your request to the contact email above. (To participate, you must complete a Medical Release Form and have a cancer diagnosis date within the last three years or have a metastatic diagnosis.) Watch on-demand recordings of LivingWell fitness and yoga classes at bit.ly/LWFitnessYogaYouTube.
Free virtual exercise and nutrition programs for anyone in the USA who has been diagnosed with cancer as well as family members and friends. Online classes include yoga, mindfulness, stress management, healthy living, cooking, and more. For further information visit https://lifewithcancer.org. Class information and online registration can be found on this link: https://events.lifewithcancer.org/class_calendar_month.php.
The Cancer Nutrition Consortium provides nutritional support for cancer patients through recipes, expert guidance and free nutritional Carepacks by mail for anyone in the USA currently undergoing cancer treatments. Each Carepack contains 3 ready-to eat meals, 3 protein shakes, whey protein powder and a protein powder shaker. To request your Carepack, complete the form on the Cancer Nutrition Consortium website here. To learn more about other program offerings, visit the main website: https://www.cancernutrition.org/.
Cook for Your Life, a program of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, provides nutrition information, recipes, and how-to cooking videos to help cancer patients, families, and caregivers cook delicious and nutritious meals that promote wellbeing. All access is free. To get more information on this no-cost program and to view the recipes and videos, visit https://www.cookforyourlife.org/videos/.
Why Hunger connects people to free, nutritious food. Nationwide database of community-based organizations and emergency food providers to get help now. Eligibility is based on financial need. Search for the provider near you using their online search tool located here https://networks.whyhunger.org/.
Phone: (888) 998-6325
Free meal delivery to the elderly and disabled. Eligibility for this free meal program is based on financial need. To locate the Meals on Wheels service provider in your area, visit https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/signup/aboutmealsonwheels/find-programs. Your local program may also have funds to help pay for your pet’s food, too. Ask about the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program when you contact them.
Phone: (800) 221-5689
SNAP, a service of the US Department of Agriculture, offers free help buying groceries for millions of individuals. Eligibility is based on financial need. You can call SNAP at (800) 221-5689 for assistance. Many states now allow you to apply online. Here are links to state websites that provide this online service https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-directory.
Phone: (866) 801-5657 (M-F 8:30-5:00 EST)
This program provides free supplemental product to eligible cancer patients experiencing financial difficulties. Program eligibility is based on lack of insurance coverage and financial need. To complete the free application, please download it here http://static.abbottnutrition.com/cms-prod/pathwayreimbursement.com/img/Abbott-Nutrition-PAP-Application-Final-030620.pdf or call toll-free (866) 801-5657 for help over the phone.
Phone: (877) 467-1936
Free nutrition consultations via phone or email with an experienced registered oncology dietitian for nutrition education and side-effect management. Available to all cancer patients regardless of diagnosis. To schedule a free consultation, please visit https://pearlpoint.org/schedule-a-dietitian-consultation/.
A free, twice-weekly 12-week program that provides cancer patients with cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, yoga, balance, and flexibility exercises by YMCA-certified instructors. Open to all patients 18 and over. To find a program near you, search the LiveStrong YMCA program website here https://www.livestrong.org/ymca-search.