Memorial Sloan Kettering

50288 Newsletter Sum21

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Ms. Andrea Ryan Senior Director, Planned Giving and Direct Mail Office of Planned Giving Toll free: 800-688-1827 | PAGE 4 Healthy Nutrition Is Essential for Fighting Cancer At MSK, we understand that recovery from cancer is affected by the food a person eats. It's why we offer nutritional counseling combined with specialized diet plans to our patients. Certain foods can be important for helping the body to fight infection, preserving strength, maintaining mental health, and reducing anxiety. But what happens when people with cancer cannot afford to eat well? THE FOOD TO OVERCOME OUTCOMES DISPARITIES (FOOD) PROGRAM To help address this need, the FOOD Program at MSK offers medically tailored groceries for underserved cancer patients and their families, primarily through hospital-based pantries located in New York City and on Long Island. The program plays an essential role. The COVID -19 pandemic drove food insecurity higher in New York City, affecting as many as 1 in 4 residents – including people with cancer. A GROWING AND URGENT NEED The COVID -19 pandemic has escalated the demand for FOOD's services. As people with cancer, particularly lower-income people with cancer, experienced the health and economic challenges wrought by the pandemic, they turned to the FOOD program. Last spring: • Our 13 pantries went from serving roughly 250 families per week to 350. • More than a quarter of the households we served experienced job loss and decreased income. • Social distancing and other restrictions made it even more difficult for patients to access healthy food. And we only expect the need to grow, as limited access to healthy food continues to impact the most vulnerable populations. Donor support like yours is essential to all of our work at MSK, both now and into the future. To learn more about ways to support the FOOD program, including tax-wise giving options, contact the Office of Planned Giving at or 800-688-1827. SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 2011, THE FOOD PROGRAM HAS: Distributed more than 400,000 tailored grocery bags. Served more than 4,000 patients and their families. Operated 13 sites.

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