Free Food, Fitness & Nutrition

Free Food, Fitness & Nutrition programs for cancer patients
This page was originally published January 9, 2018 and updated June 6, 2023.

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), the free programs below can put food on the table and provide 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 custom programs just for you to best meet your nutritional and exercise needs. Please reach out today. ❤️  

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Hope Connections Free Exercise Programs for Cancer Patients

Hope Connections Online Fitness Classes

Main URL: Visit

Description:

Free virtual online fitness classes for cancer patients and caregivers over the age of 18 in the USA. Weekly programs via Zoom for yoga, Pilates, Tai-Chi and more. Certified instructors help you relieve stress, strengthen muscles, and have fun in an inclusive, supportive environment. To enroll in this free fitness program, please complete the orientation form here to get started.


Lending Hearts Free Online Yoga Program

Lending Hearts Virtual Programs

Main URL: Visit

Description:

Free virtual wellness programs for cancer patients in the USA. All programs are available nationwide online at zero cost and include classes on yoga, mindfulness & relaxation, nutrition, and more. To view the current schedule and enroll for upcoming sessions, please visit this link.


Cancer Pathways Free Online Yoga

Cancer Pathways Free Online Yoga Classes

Main URL: Visit

Description:

Free virtual yoga classes that meet weekly for one hour online via Zoom. This program is designed for cancer patients who want to put a little more exercise into their routine in a safe, supportive, and relaxing manner, and is available to all in the USA whether currently in treatment or not. To view upcoming sessions and register, please visit this page of the Cancer Pathways website.


Natures Own Nutrition Program

Nature's Own Supplement Program

Main URL: Visit

Description:

Nature’s Own provides a free nutrition program for children with serious medical conditions including cancer who do not qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance coverage. Eligibility is based on income. To download the current application with income requirements, visit the website here. Completed applications must be signed by your doctor and faxed to (740) 548-3879.


Moving for Life Free Exercise Program for Cancer Patients

Moving for Life Online Exercise Program

Main URL: Visit

Description:

Free virtual exercise program for cancer patients anywhere in the USA. Each session includes relaxing stretching sequences and every class member receives personalized instruction and is guided to build greater awareness of, respect for, and control of all part of the body (helping body image and self-respect). To join, please view the online schedule for upcoming classes.


Living Well Cancer Resources Center Free Yoga for Cancer Patients

LivingWell Yoga Program

Main URL: Visit
Email: info@livingwellcrc.org

Description:

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.


Life with Cancer Free Online Exercise for Cancer Patients

Life with Cancer

Main URL: Visit

Description:

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 class information and online registration, please visit this website link to the program.


Cancer Nutrition Consortium

Cancer Nutrition Consortium

Main URL: Visit

Description:

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, please visit the main website.


Cook for Your Life

Cook for Your Life

Main URL: Visit

Description:

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 the Cook for Your Life website here.


Feeding America Free Food Programs

Feeding America Grocery Program

Main URL: Visit

Description:

Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks and food programs throughout the USA to help you find free groceries in your local community. To connect with your local food bank and learn about upcoming free food distributions in your area, please visit this page and simply enter your ZIP code to find help today.


Why Hunger Free Food Program USA

Why Hunger

Main URL: Visit
Email: why@whyhunger.org

Description:

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 on the Why Hunger website.


Meals on Wheels Free Food USA

Meals on Wheels America

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (888) 998-6325
Email: info@mealsonwheelsamerica.org

Description:

Free meal delivery to the elderly and disabled in the USA. Eligibility for this free meal program is based on financial need. To locate the Meals on Wheels service provider in your area, please visit the search form on the Meals on Wheels website here.  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.


SNAP Program Free Food USA

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (800) 221-5689

Description:

SNAP, a service of the US Department of Agriculture, offers free help buying groceries for millions of individuals throughout the USA. 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.


abbott nutrition pathway plus program for cancer patients

Abbott Nutrition Pathway Plus Program

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (855) 217-0698 (M-F 8:30-5:00 EST)

Description:

The Abbott Nutrition Pathway Plus program provides free supplement products 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 or submit it online using this link or call toll-free (855) 217-0698 for help over the phone.


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PearlPoint Nutrition Counseling

Main URL: Visit
Phone: (877) 467-1936
Email: guidance@pearlpoint.org

Description:

Free nutrition consultations via phone or email with an experienced registered oncology dietitian for nutrition education and side-effect management for all cancer patients in the USA. Available to all cancer patients regardless of diagnosis.  To schedule a free consultation, please visit the PearlPoint website request form here.


Livestrong Free Exercise Program for Cancer Patients

LiveStrong at the YMCA

Main URL: Visit

Description:

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.


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5 Comments

  1. A few years ago, I was living with my gran and we were on the brink of bankruptcy. Thanks to one of my friends, I got to know about Meals on Wheels.
    I always make it a point to make a donation to them from my paycheck every 3 months.

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